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Vancouverites share jaw-dropping snaps of the brightest supermoon of the year

Pick your jaw up off the floor!
The full buck moon in July was the brightest supermoon of 2022, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Vancouver, BC locals shared photos of the event.

Metro Vancouver moon-bathers relished the opportunity to gaze upon the brightest lunar display of the year this week.

This year's July full moon was also considered a "supermoon" — a time when the celestial body appears a whopping 15 per cent brighter and seven per cent bigger than a regular full moon due to its proximity to earth.

But it was the ace of two supermoons this year, too (it was considered bigger and brighter than the first, the full Strawberry moon, which illuminated local skies on June 14). 

According to, the celestial body was at its biggest and brightest in the city at 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13. It appeared nearly full on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, however, offering several viewing opportunities with few cloudy periods. 

Locals share images of the brightest supermoon of 2022

Why is the July moon called the full "buck" moon? 

Named after the time of year when young bucks begin to grow new antlers from their foreheads, the July full moon "marks a time of renewal," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. But it has also been known by several other names, including the "Thunder Moon," due to the abundant thunderstorms during this month.

Have a look at some photos and videos locals captured of the mesmerizing moon in Metro Vancouver skies. 


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