Saturday, August 01, 2015

Once in a Blue Moon

What's a blue moon?

Most months only have one full moon. But in the Nineteen Years Cycle, or 228 calendar months, seven or eight calendar months within that time will always have two full moons.

In other words, there’s a month with two full moons every two or three years. When it happens, the second one is popularly called a Blue Moon.

The last blue moon occurred 31 August 2012 and the next is not until 31 January 2018!

The term 'once in a blue moon' stems from our own lunar cycles . . . something that happens once in a blue moon means it happens rarely.

Here are a couple images of  the July moons.


(all images taken with a Canon Powershot SX60 HS - hand held on superzoom)

Here are a few Blue Moon songs to celebrate the occasion:

Billie Holliday -
Elvis -
The Marcels -
Beck -
Chris Isaak -
Rod Stewart -
Ohia -
The Rolling Stones -
Ella Fitzgerald -
MIke Oldfield -
Nat King Cole -
Erik Henderson -
Glen Miller -
Audrey Hepburn -
Apollo -