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Now that this decade is ending, we still haven't given it a proper name.
December 31, 2009
"Read me and be not wrothe, For I say no things but truth:
If they say the moon is blue,
We must believe that it is true."
The first mention of a "blue moon" probably originated in this anonymous poem in 1528.
Well, the moon is not really blue, nor is it made of green cheese, but it will be here in time for New Year’s Eve, so make sure you're in one of the following locations:
United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa.
For revelers in Australia and Asia, the blue moon does not show up until New Year’s Day, making January a blue moon for them.
So what is a blue moon, you ask?
According to the most recent explanation, accepted by NASA, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
How often does a full moon occur twice in a single month? Exactly once in a...
The reason is simple: the average time between full moons is 29 and a half days.
You do the variables.
Which explains why a blue moon last appeared on New Year's Eve in 1990.
Never mind that this explanation was based on an erroneous story by Sky & Telescope magazine.
Because the other definition is so complex it appears even our esteemed space agency has given up on it.
It has something to do with the Christian ecclesiastical calendar and the 13th full moon.
In case you want to be well versed over cocktails tonight.
And do also be prepared since someone is bound to say:
“It’s not blue.”
You'll try not to be patronizing, but it might be worth explaining that the moon does appear bluish at times; however, this effect is caused by the way moonlight is scattered as it enters the Earth's atmosphere.
I don't think there are two explanations here.
If the person is still on the "veranda," you can illustrate your point by mentioning that in 1883, an Indonesian volcano named Krakatoa, exploded and plumes of ash rose in the night sky.
As a result, the moon was spectacularly blue.
Never had it been bluer.
Blue, or not, it will be worth looking at tonight.
And when you raise a glass to Earth's lovely satellite, shining overhead, do keep in mind, a promise to a blue moon, is more likely to come true.
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