Evening Shades of Lavender & Indigo Welcome July’s Thunder Moon …

Moon Rise in Indigo Sky

With pink sunsets, towering cumulus and electrical storms alternating with powder blue horizons and nights filled with stars, July has been an extraordinary month for sky watching. And moon-gazing, my favorite evening pastime, has been particularly lovely this month. I snapped the photo above —of our nearly full, celestial neighbor— the other night from my terrace. And the photo below —Half Moon in Lavender Mist— was captured in the clearing, after a passing storm. For those of us on the east coast, July’s Thunder Moon (sometimes called the Buck Moon) reached it’s fullest in the wee hours of the morning, and will rise tonight at 8:36 pm ET … Perfect timing for a late, alfresco dinner on the deck, terrace or balcony. Enjoy!

For more interesting moon facts and lore, visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac page on July’s Full Buck Moon. And for sky watching enthusiasts with iPhones, you really must check out the Star Chart app, with which I am completely smitten! Aim your phone anywhere in the sky and view the stars and constellations, as well as a treasure trove of information about the night sky … So much fun!

Half Moon in Lavender Mist

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3 Replies to “Evening Shades of Lavender & Indigo Welcome July’s Thunder Moon …”

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Hi Michaela, Wasn’t it just marvellous? When I was out with the dogs in the wee small hours the sky was like cobalt velvet and the stars were so crisp they were almost sharp… (D’ye know what I mean lassie?; ) Thanks too – Star Chart – totally right up my alley! xoD
    P.S. Do you ever wonder, when you’re outside staring up at the heavens, how many other people are doing that exact same thing? Or that our ancestors have done so for millennia? Kind of ties us all up in one big ball, doesn’t it? : )

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Hi Michaela, I’m loading the Starchart app right this second and can barely wait to go and put it to good use. Perfect right now as the moon’s so dark. See you under the stars!! xo D

  3. Michaela

    @ Deb – Hope you had fun with it last night! I’m just like a little kid with that thing … I can’t seem to put it down! For years I’ve been trying to find constellations with guide books and maps. This is so much easier and beautiful to use! :) xo M

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