Dec 31, 2009
Have you ever wondered where the term " once in a blue moon" came from? It indicates a rare occurrence and though a blue moon is not rare, falling on a New Year's Eve is. The next one will not occur until 2028. So tonight is a special "Blue Moon".
The most popular current definition of a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
Though the blue moon appears on every 2-4 years,the next blue moon to fall on a New Year's eve will not occur until 2028.
"A true blue moon is the third of four full moons that occur in one season, either spring, summer, fall or winter" according to Maine Farmers’ Almanac articles printed in the 1930s.
The definition of a true blue moon given in those articles later was misinterpreted to mean two full moons in the same month, the Lewiston publication’s Web site states. (Bangor Daily News)
A Blue Moon, or" Blewe Moon" from the olde English, were usually associated with the occurances of forest fires or volcanic eruptions... Blewe also meant "betrayal" because of it's occurance in the same month with another full moon.
Maybe our "Blewe Moon" in Maine is a herald of the Nor easter coming our way! The picture is of the Dec 2 Full moon. I am waiting for the Blue Moon to appear from behind the clouds to take some pictures. Maybe it will make an appearance at the stroke of midnight!
Have a Healthy, Peaceful and Happy New Year everyone!