The Three Supermoons of 2014

In 2014, the July full moon presents the first full moon after the June 21 solstice (the longest day of the year). In the North Country we often call this full moon the “Buck Moon” because around this time of year, buck deer start growing antlers.

This summer, the July full moon is the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2014. The full moons on July 12, August 10, and September 9 enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of the moon and Earth are less than 225,000 miles apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the August 10th full moon. When this happens, the moon may seem bigger and brighter.  Because of how close the supermoon is, it can appear as much as 14 percent larger in the sky and 30 percent brighter to our eyes than normal moons, according to NASA.

The wilderness areas of the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, having no light pollution, give paddlers a unique opportunity to see the stars and, of course, the brilliant supermoon.  There is a unique solitude, a touch with early man, when viewing the constellations against a clear, black, sky.

One of the best places in all of the United Sates to view this summer’s three supermoons is from a wilderness lake in the BWCA. RESERVE NOW! Permit availability is booking up quickly for dates just prior to the August supermoon.  We still have some openings preceding the full moon. There are a good many September dates for the final “monster moon,” and those, of course, come with our 10% fall discounts!