Blue Marks the “unofficial” End of Summer

Singing under the Blue Moon

Tonight is a Blue Moon. Be ready to do something really, REALLY special because you know what they say. This moment only comes once in a…

Blue Moon, you saw me standing all

my own

Without a dream in my heart

Without a love of

Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for

You heard me saying a prayer for

Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me

The only one my arms will ever hold

I heard somebody whisper, “Please adore me”

And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold

Blue Moon, now I’m no longer alone

Without a dream in my heart

Without a love of my own

Keeping it short and simple today. Here’s an excerpt from the http://space.about.com/od/astronomynews/a/bluemoon.htm :

The use of the phrase blue moon to indicate an actual astronomical phenomenon first started in 1932 with the Maine Farmer’s Almanac. It’s definition was a season with four full moons rather than the usual three, where the third of four full moons would be called a “blue moon.” Since seasons are established by the equinoxes and solstices and not calendar months, it is possible for a year to have twelve full moons, one each month, yet have one season with four.

That definition mutated into the one most quoted today when in 1946, an article in an astronomy magazine by amateur astronomer James Hugh Pruett misinterpreted the Maine rule to mean two full moons in one month… Whether you use the newer definition or the one from the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, a blue moon, while not common, happens on a regular basis. Either way, they occur approximately 7 times in a 19 year period.

Much less common is a double blue moon (2 in one year). That only happens once in the same 19 year period. They occur in January and March, thanks to the short month, February. The last double we saw was in 1999. The next will happen in 2018.

Enjoy!

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