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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blue Moon sight in 31 August 2012

Rare "Blue Moon" sight in 31 August 2012

In this photo provided by NASA, a rare second full moon of the month, known as a "Blue Moon", is seen over Cincinnati on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP/NASA, Bill Ingalls) [photo credit: CTV News]

When you hear someone say “Once in a Blue Moon” you know what they mean. They’re usually talking about something rare, silly, and even absurd. After all, when was the last time you saw the Moon turn blue? Well, rare or not, we saw blue moon in  Friday, August 31.
Despite the name, the moon wasn't actually blue in colour. ‘Blue moon’ is a term used to describe the second full moon appearing in a single calendar month. The average time between full moons is 29.5 days, making it a relatively rare occurrence to see two in a single month. Since there was already a full moon on Aug. 2, the one seen in various parts of the world Friday was a blue moon.
The lunar event happened to coincide with a private memorial service held Friday for astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died at home in Ohio last Saturday at age 82.

Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.
If you missed the blue moon, you’ll have to wait until July 2015, when the next one is set to occur.

Graphic Blue Moon (not real)

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