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

July 15th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

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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