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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:33 PM
It doesn’t happen often, but it’s happening next month: August will have a blue moon.
Science enthusiasts know that a blue moon has nothing to do with color. Instead, the term refers to the second full moon in one calendar month.
It’s all a matter of math.
Full moons are about 29.5 days apart. The average month, however, is about 30.5 days. That’s just about the same length as the time between full moons, but not quite. Once in a while — er, once in a blue moon — there is a second full moon within a calendar month. People who’ve done the math
Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:23 PM
(Ealdwita Useless snippet alert)
'Blue Moon' has also been used in the same manner as 'pigs might fly'.....
The 'blue moon' expression with the 'impossibility' meaning is old and dates back to mediaeval England; for example, a work by William Barlow, the Bishop of Chichester, the Treatyse of the Buryall of the Masse, 1528, included a sarcastic reference to a blue moon:
Yf they saye the mone is belewe,
We must beleve that it is true.
In the following year, John Frith's essay A pistle to the christen reader, 1529, included:
"They wold make men beleue... that ye mone is made of grene chese."
It's a poor saying for 'rarity' though, because It's not all that rare an occurrence - two full moons in one month appear once every three years approximately.
"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
"I was born with a priceless gift - the ability to laugh at other peoples' troubles" - Dame Edna Everage
"According to old folklore," some people say, the second full Moon in a calendar month is called a "blue Moon." They go on to explain that this is the origin of the expression "once in a blue Moon." But it isn't true! The term "blue Moon" has been around a long time, well over 400 years, but its calendrical meaning has become widespread only in the last 20 years.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
Blue Moon cookies, buy a tub of sugar cookie dough or make the dough, mix in enough blue berries to make the dough look blue, then mix in a cup of dried blue berries. roll and cut out round cookies. You can use a can for that. Bake as directed.
all dinosaurs are thin at one end, much, much thicker in the middle, then thin again at the far end -- Monty Python
Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:17 AM
I am sure that some years ago I heard that the term ''Once in a blue moon'' came about due to an extremely large forest fire (possibly in Canada if memory serves correctly) around the turn of the last century whereby the smoke from the fire encircled the Earth causing the moon to shine a hazy blue colour.
Edit.......just read the link that Waspie_Dwarf included in his post. Canadian forest fire in 1951. Oh well, I was close lol.
For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full. There was one full Moon on August 1st/2nd, and now a second is coming on August 31st. According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue."
But will the moody Moon of August 31st actually turn blue? Probably not.
Most Blue Moons look pale gray and white, indistinguishable from any other Moon you've ever seen. Squeezing a second full Moon into a calendar month doesn't change the physical properties of the Moon itself, so its color remains the same.
With that caveat in mind, however, be aware that on rare occasions it can happen.
When I hear this expression I am reminded of an episode of "Gilligan's Island" where Ginger is acting like a gypsy fortune teller. She tells them that rescue will come when "the moon is blue" but she has to admit she's a fake. Later that night - under a full, blue moon, while everyone is asleep, a ship can be seen sailing by on the horizon... the things we remember
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