Tonight it is a Blue Moon. That means all those things that hardly ever happen ,will and, as my friends says, we are gonna be up to our armpits in new Smurfs. As some of my other friends would say at this point, Huh? I explain. You have heard of the term once in a blue moon….well that is tonight. And Smurfs? Well, new Smurfs are born only during a blue moon. That means lots of new Smurfs and one tired Smurfette. Well, I actually do not know if Smurfette has anything to do with it as I am really not the well versed on Smurf reproduction.
What a Blue Moon really is those rare occasions when there are two full moons in a month. It really has more to do with our use of a calendar than any celestial lucky thing. There is actually a full moon once every 29.5 days. They occur very closely with the calendar month or I should say the calendar was created around the cycles of the moon, the word month even means moon. The only time a blue moon or second full moon can occur is when the first one is close to the beginning of the month. In this cause the first full moon was August 1.
The whole idea of a Blue Moon as a second full moon comes from a March 1946 article called “Once in a Blue Moon”by James Hugh Pruett published in Sky and Telescope Magazine. He wrote, “Seven times in 19 years there were — and still are — 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon.”
Two full moons in one month is fairly rare and having two of the events is rarer still. The last time there was more than one Blue Moon in a year was in 1999. There was no full moon in February and two in January and March. The next time is will happen is in 2018. Mark your calendar.
Tonight, however, go ahead and wish upon a blue moon. Why not. Might happen.