Once in a Blue Moon happens tomorrow night
Posted on Aug 30, 2012 in What to do, what to see? In Port Alberni, BC
Tomorrow night, August 31st, we'll get the chance to see a blue moon. Contrary to popular, and obvious belief, a blue moon is not blue, it's simply a full moon that is the third in a season of 4 months. Tomorrow night we should be able to see the moon at any point in which we normally see the moon. A blue moon happens every 2-3 years so this won't be our only shot to check it out likely, but it's still nice to enjoy.
A little bit about a Blue Moon from Wikipedia - "A blue moon can refer to either the third full moon in a season with four full moons, or the second full moon in a month. Most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately monthly. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year of 12 lunations. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon. Lunisolar calendars have rules about when to insert such an intercalary or embolismic ("leap") month, and what name it is given; e.g. in the Hebrew calendar the month Adar is duplicated. The term "blue moon" comes from folklore. Different traditions and conventions place the extra "blue" full moon at different times in the year. In the Hindu calendar, this extra month is called 'Adhik(extra) masa (month)'. It is also known as purushottam maas, so as to give it a devotional name."
Hope everyone enjoys!
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