Blue Moon = Insomnia Times Two

Meridian, Idaho

Crud. I can’t sleep and am writing this post just after midnight.

Insomnia, for me, often visits during and just after the full moon.

The July full moon situation is rather unique this year.


Wednesday, July 1, 10:20 p.m. EDT. The Full Moon of July is known as the “Hay Moon,” “Buck Moon,” or “Thunder Moon.” It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. This is the first of two Full Moons this month.


A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in one of two situations:

  • the third of four full moons in a season or
  • a second full moon in a month of the common calendar.


I didn’t realize that each month’s full moon has a name. From the Farmer’s Almanac:

The Full Buck Moon – July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.


It’s amazing what one can find out during a bout of insomnia.

And yippee skippee for me! I get two find lots of things because of this month’s two full moons… 🙂

PS Stayed up a bit later and found this amazing photo of the International Space Station passing between the earth and the moon taken in Australia. Wow!

Read the story of the photo at