I thought I was mistaken and I thought I (haven’t) heard your words when you, all-encompassing universe were showing signs of a blue moon appearing on the celestial horizon. But when blue moons indeed occur, all wonderfully mistaken facts appear to be true, at least that is what the sky is telling us. Blue is not only the name of a feeling but it is the very name of a very particular, exclusive, unique kind of moon that will appear on the night sky this year.
In spite of its inspiring name that makes us think about melancholic anxiety, the blue moon is not actually blue in color but simply an additional full moon that appears once a year. The blue moon is the extra moon in a year that normally only supports 12 fantastic and enlightening full moon show-offs.
An average lunar circle happens once in 29 and roughly a half days. A tropical year usually has 365 days, which means there are 12 lunar cycles. Extra days tend to accumulate throughout the years so every two or three years we have the exclusive chance to see an extra full moon shedding light over the night sky.
The month of July 2015 will be blessed by two moons, the second one being known as the blue moon. The first one will be seen on July 2nd and the second will appear on the last day of this month. The previous blue moon appeared three years ago, when both September and August revealed two full moons in particular time zones. The following blue moon will only appear in January 2018.
Blue colored moons could be more than a saying. Particular weather conditions could lead to a blue-tinted moon. If you find yourself near a volcanic area, namely if you have an active volcano somewhere near around, you may be the lucky gazer at the very blue moon! A literally blue moon phenomena happened sometime around 1883, when Krakatoa volcano erupted with violence and its plums of ash connected with the earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a change in shade for the moon, that turned blue.
Whether blue or pale-shaded beige, the moon in full will offer us the privilege to see it twice this month. This is a rare phenomenon on the night sky, coming with related astrological effects. For those who are skeptical when it comes to astrology, the double full moon is still a lucky event, as the night sky becomes fascinatingly clear and glowing on the pleasantly warm summer nights.
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