Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Astral Peeks; Once in a Blue Moon Is upon Us

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Astral Peeks; Once in a Blue Moon Is upon Us

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A BLUE moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. For a blue moon to occur the first of the full moons must appear at or near the beginning of the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average span between two moons is 29.5 days).

The full moon on August 31 is this type of full moon; it will be the second full moon in one month.

An older definition for blue moon states that the blue moon is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons.

Some years have an extra full moon Co 13 instead of 12. Since the identity of the moons was important in the ecclesiastical calendar (the Paschal Moon, for example, used to be crucial for determining the date of Easter), a year with a 13th moon skewed the calendar, since there were names for only 12 moons.

By identifying the extra, 13th moon as a blue moon, the ecclesiastical calendar was able to stay on track.

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