Latest topics
» IT doesn't matter
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyToday at 7:45 am by topspin2

» Throne of England Created the C-Virus!
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyToday at 12:06 am by PurpleSkyz

» Catherine Austin Fitts - We are Dealing with a Spiritual War
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 5:05 pm by CroatianLight

» POOPness for APR 4: LOCKDOWN CONTINUES BUT KEEP SENDING ME MONEY! NEVERMIND ABOUT YOUR FAMILY! I'M MORE IMPORTANT DAMMIT!!!
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 4:08 pm by CroatianLight

» In What Sense Do You Think We Are Free?
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 3:54 pm by CroatianLight

» Just In.... Read and Know by Anna Von Reitz
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 3:26 pm by topspin2

» ΝYC ΙCU DR with nothing to gain shares INCREDIBLE insight...
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 3:17 pm by topspin2

» ‘WE ARE HERE WITH YOU’
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 1:30 pm by bs4ever

» BLACK OPS HARTFORD CT CENTER
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 1:13 pm by topspin2

» Ahhhhh, THE LAND OF SANDY HOOK, CONNECTICUT LIES
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 1:10 pm by topspin2

» Introducing A NEW WORLD Free from financial slavery - UBUNTU & Contributionism by Michael Tellinger
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 1:02 pm by PurpleSkyz

» NO! You Can Not Purchase Veggie Garden Seeds! There is a Flu Crisis Going On!
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:54 am by PurpleSkyz

» Maintaining Equilibrium & Fluidity in the Eye of the Storm
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:47 am by PurpleSkyz

» Wildcrafting Druidry: Getting Started in Your Ecosystem
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:44 am by PurpleSkyz

» ITNJ - John Wedger - U.K Police service
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:25 am by PurpleSkyz

» ISS "Anomalies"... Cosmic Lightening
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:22 am by PurpleSkyz

» The Next Phase of Terminal Madness
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:10 am by PurpleSkyz

» #QTard Drama Theater - Stay the course. We are FIGHTING a deeply entrenched enemy. plus more
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 11:03 am by PurpleSkyz

» Nano Bioweapon Escaped from Wuhan Lab?
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 10:46 am by PurpleSkyz

» The GoldFish Report No. 476 - Dr. Scott & Vicki Werner: Global Transformation Through Love
Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained EmptyYesterday at 10:43 am by PurpleSkyz





***********

CLICK THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON BELOW TO RECEIVE OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER

A 2ND EMAIL COMPLETES THE ACTIVATION PROCESS




CLICK THE PURPLE BUTTON TO VIEW OUR LATEST POSTS







You are not connected. Please login or register

OUT OF MIND » PLANET AWARENESS » ATMOSPHERIC CHANGES » Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained

Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

PurpleSkyz

PurpleSkyz
Admin
Tomorrow is a Blue Moon. There will not be another one until 2015. So get out there and look to the sky.




Blue Moon Science: Friday's Full Moon Explained
By Geoff Gaherty | SPACE.com – 1 hr 57 mins ago
2
Email
Print
RELATED CONTENT
Enlarge Photo
Night sky watcher Kalani Pokipala …
With a so-called "blue moon" set to rise in the night sky this Friday (Aug. 31), you may find yourself wondering: Just what is a blue moon, exactly? And where does the term come from?
Somewhat confusingly, the answers have nothing to do with the moon's color. The "blue moon" tale is a convoluted one, with much of the action taking place in the relatively recent past.
In 1946, "Sky and Telescope" magazine traced the term to the "Maine Farmer's Almanac," where it apparently referred to the third full moon in a season that contains four full moons instead of the usual three.
[Slideshow: Super moon 2012]
The year is divided into four equal seasons, each 91 or 92 days long. Because there are 29.5 days between full moons, four full moons occasionally get squeezed into a single season. [Once-in-a-Blue-Moon Not Really Blue (Infographic)]
But the author of the "Sky and Telescope" article misintrepeted this complicated definition, declaring that a "blue moon" is actually the second full moon in a month with two full moons.
The new (and wrong) meaning didn't attain widespread usage until decades later. It was used during a broadcast of the radio show "Stardate" in January 1980, according to a much more recent article in "Sky and Telescope."
Then, in 1981, the designers of the board game Trivial Pursuit came across the 1946 magazine article. They put the definition into the game, and suddenly this incorrect explanation of an unscientific term became “general knowledge.”
So that is why Friday's full moon is known as a "blue moon." It really is no different than any other full moon, except that an accident of the calendar causes it to be the second full moon in the month of August, the first having been on Aug. 1.
[Slideshow: Dazzling distant planets]
While the phrase "once in a blue moon" implies that the skywatching phenomenon should be exceedingly rare, that's not the case. On average, blue moons come along once every 2.7 years.
While we're on the subject of weird moon myths, here's another: the fable that the moon is made of green cheese.
This really did start out as a fable in the 16th century. In the original story, a simple-minded person sees the reflection of the full moon in a pond, and is made to believe that this is a wheel of new-made cheese. This children's story has been repeated so many times through history that it has become something of a cultural touchstone.
But the moon, like the Earth, is made of ordinary rock. In fact, most researchers believe that the moon coalesced from pieces of the ancient Earth that were blasted into space after a Mars-size body struck our planet billions of years ago.
Please don't tell Wallace and Gromit. We wouldn't want to disillusion them.
This article was provided to SPACE.com by Starry Night Education, the leader in space science curriculum solutions. Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu.
The Blue Moon and Full Moon of 2012 (Photos)
Full Moon: Why Does It Happen? How Does It Affect Us? | Video
Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics
Copyright 2012 SPACE.com, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



  

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum