Once In A Blue Moon

BY ON August 31, 2012

Blue photo of ocean and large full moon in the sky

You know “Once in a Blue Moon” means something rare. You may even know that a Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in one month. But did you know one of the reasons why the moon sometimes appears to be blue is because of man-made pollution?

“Physically colored Blue Moons are rare, and that’s where the phrase comes from, “Once in a Blue Moon.” There are occasions though when pollution in the Earth’s atmosphere can make the Moon appear to look blue in color. The extra dust scatters blue light.” ~ Universe Today

Not surprising with all the soot pollution and smog floating in our skies and blanketing the Earth.

Celebrating The Blue Moon

“According to modern folklore, Blue Moon celebrations date back at least 400 years…Ancient cultures around the world considered the second full moon to be spiritually significant.”

I don’t consider myself very spiritual, but I do keep an eye on phenomenons of nature. While moongazing tonight, I’m holding Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind” close. I’m also thinking about this magical statement Armstrong’s family made shortly after his passing:

“Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

How will you celebrate the Blue Moon? Will you be smiling moonward…and also hoping this November our country will give a wink to Armstrong, while it cherishes and protects the significance of science?


TOPICS: Air Pollution, Pollution, Science