The “once in a blue moon” phrase takes proportions on July 31st when a Blue Moon will be witnessed on the starry night sky.
According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, the “blue moon” means the appearance of a third or fourth moon of a given season, i.e. this summer.
However, when there are two full moons aligned on a single calendar month.
While the first full moon occurs at the beginning of the month, the second one happens to appear at the end of the month, this eccentric phenomenon happening at a relative timeframe of two or three years.
According to research, the last blue moon occurred on August 31st 2012, whereas the next one is scheduled to appear by 2018.
But does the moon really obtain the blue nuance, the blue tone? It is said that people have also witnessed a blue moon in 1883, but the moon wasn’t necessarily full, as there has been spotted a crescent moon and half blue moon as well. On an even more strange and departing-from-convention occurrence, people claim to have seen the green moon as well. Due to scientific research, it has been said that the green color of the moon has been associated to the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia. The volcano’s ash had covered the sky, which conferred a blue or even green color to the moon.
The blue moon has been literally witnessed also in 1983, as the result of a volcanic eruption in Mexico, and also after the eruptions of Mt. Saint Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991.
But in modern culture, the blue moon is a symbol of romanticism and love. People would go on romantic dinners or simply wander and take walks with their soulmates while witnessing the blue moon, as it rises and as it falls.
So, those who wish to witness an astounding, beautiful phenomenon, should stay alert this Thursday night, and Friday before dawning, respectively, as the next blue moon will not happen until January 2018.
Nevertheless, scientists have said that the actual “blue moon” that will lit this Friday night with its beams will appear as it always has, pale-white and gray-ish, just like any other full moon.
But, as above-mentioned, the moon can indeed have the blue nuance, and, alongside volcano eruptions, forest fires of high amplitude might cause it to become blue as well.
To conclude, it is said that people might experience stronger emotions, according to astrologers, and, when the moon is at its peak, scientists believe that one would sleep less and more lightly, thus impacting our biological clock.
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