I may be in Alaska right now, but if you’re in the Continental United States, you’re in for a rare treat tonight. It’s called the Thunder Moon and it will be in view once the evening storm clouds clear.

The Thunder Moon (which is also known as the Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are fully grown this time of year) is the first full moon of the summer. It gets its name from the fact that there’s so many thunderstorms in July.

The Thunder Moon isn’t the same as a super moon, like the one I painted last Fall. The Thunder Moon is actually smaller than the typical full moon.

The Thunder Moon will reach its full peak when the moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth as the sun. This happens at 12:07 a.m. on Sunday, July 9. And for those on the east coast, the nearly full moon is expected to rise about 4 hours before the Thunder Moon reaches its full peak on Saturday evening.