It has been a very long time since I last posted my thoughts. I really haven't had much to say I guess. (I still don't) ;-o
Here we are headed in to the year 2010.... it seems so science fiction like. The year 2010! Woe!
Interestingly enough, tonight (New Year's Eve) at 19:11 (7:11pm) GMT, we'll experience a "Blue Moon".
Then the next one will be in the year 2012 -August 31st at 13:56 (1:56pm GMT). I have read some interesting historic facts regarding this whole "Blue Moon" occurance.
Apparently there will not be another Blue moon on New Year's Eve for another 19 years. Disk Jockies on the radio this morning were saying that the term "Blue Moon" came from the fact that a 2nd full moon only occurs every 19 years on New Year's Eve however according to NASA's website, The term "Blue Moon" is given to the 2nd full moon in a calendar month. That a full moon only occurs every 29.5 days which means there will never be a ful moon in February.
They go on to say that the term Blue Moon ... aka Once in a blue moon, means a rare occurance however 2 full moons in a calendar month are not that rare at all. Apparently they occur every 2.5 years. Huh!! Who would have guessed?!
NASA also states that the term Blue Moon originated in 1883 when Krakatau (a small volcanic island in Indonesia) where the volcano erupted such a huge amount of volcanic dust, the moon actually had a blue color to it. (Which had nothing to do with the full moon). This volcanic dust - that caused the moon to appear blue was such a rare, unusual occurance... perhaps only a one time occurance... the phrase "One in a Blue Moon" came to light.
Apparently somewhere down the road of time, it got misinterpreted by reporters or something like that.
Why am I sharing this info? Well... I don't really know. It was on my mind when I started to type. If I of all people found it interesting... someone else out there may too!!