A full moon is coming Friday night that is unlike anything we’ve seen since 2012 and that we will not see again until early 2018. It’s called a blue moon.
Despite the name, the color of the moon will not change. This full moon is special because it is the second one to occur this month — that’s what a “blue moon” is. The first full moon happened on July 2.
The reason we have blue moons in the first place is that the length of a calendar month on Earth is not equal to a lunar month, or the time it takes a phase of the moon to repeat (e.g., the time between two full moons or two new moons).
I am always one to celebrate anything having to do with the moon. So happy Blue Moon Day! (also happy birthday, Moe Davis!)
Here is a little science lesson to break the political boredom.
Musically speaking, Blue Moon was a favorite doo-whop song from the late 50’s early 60’s. It really has nothing to do with science. The song is all about LUV. The Marcels probably recorded the most popular version. It is interesting to note that the Marcels were a mixed group of white and black singers. Early rock and roll wasn’t just white people.
Here is a version in later years, when the group reunited for a musical event.