July’s Buck Moon derives from Native Americans, specifically the Algonquin tribe, who first published its name in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s.
“Early summer is normally when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur,” per NASA. “They also called this the Thunder Moon because of early summer’s frequent thunderstorms.”
Pictured here is a perfectly timed photo that captures the antlered animal with the eponymous moon in the background. The deer grazed outside Taarbaek, a nearby village north of Copenhagen, Denmark,