Contrary to the hopes, Friday’s blue moon was different from our expectations.
Many think of a blue moon as a rare phenomenon. But in fact it is not that scarce an astronomical entity. And it is not blue either. Friday’s blue moon was due to its occurrence for a second time in a single month. Every 30 months or so, this strange situation arises in the night sky. And astronomers and sky gazers are on the lookout for a sight of the blue moon.
The current definition of a blue moon is one that is beyond the expected appearances per month. Before the 1940s, the definition was much more complex. The early definitions stuck although they were incorrect.
If the moon is blue it means that volcanic ash or pollution is present in the air. This gives the tinged shade of cerulean color to the lunar image that reaches earth. Actually, the blue moon seen on Friday occurs every 2 ½ years. Especially, the early superstition about a blue moon being bad luck has been disproven. It is just an old wive’s tale.
This Friday, the moon was not blue. Yet it stirred the curiosity of the masses. They took to the rooftops to see the interesting phenomenon. Everyone gazed in wonderment at the lunar oddity. People seated in airlifts got silhouetted against the blue moon. So were airplane flights in the sky. And the Statue of Liberty was also resplendent in the moonlight.
The blue moon was also seen above the horizon with houses, buildings and stadia beneath it. A blue moon comes “once in a blue moon” just like some friends come once in a lifetime. It is something that shouldn't be missed by the enthusiasts spread all over the world.
There are several legends and myths connected with the moon. Some of these superstitions say that a lunar eclipse spells doom. This is an ancient Chinese thought. And the ideas of men converting into werewolves is another incredible fantasy of folklore.
Finally, the idea of the moonlight causing madness is another cock and bull story. The moon is the only satellite of planet earth. Whereas some other planets of the solar system have several moons, we only have one. And the progressive fact is that mankind has landed on it several times.
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