This photo from the Nasa/Science site, was photographed with a blue filter.
I just walked Cookie and though it is overcast tonight with intermittent cloud cover, the blue moon, which was actually a pale beige color, seemed close enough to touch. It was breathtaking!
Once in a Blue Moon is a common way of saying not very often, but where did the term come from? According to the popular definition, it is the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month.
The average interval between full moons is about 29.5 days, while the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two full moons, though it does sometimes happen. On average, there will be 41 months that have two full moons in every century, so you could say that once in a blue moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.
Though I could find no references to the mystical properties of the blue moon when I googled, I have been waiting all day for night and the rising of the blue moon. The day itself was sacred ordinaryl: slept late, made breakfast for my grandson (and me), finished The Time Traveler’s Wife, did multiple loads of wash, changed all the linens, and then cleaned out a closet with a lot of memorabilia from my raising children and married years. It was actually me who became the time traveler. I also grocery shopped and watched Sweet Home Alabama with a friend while sorting through more time-traveling memorabilia, some as early as 1850.
For some reason, tonight the blue moon signifies my connection with my ancestors. And that feels pretty mysical to me. I feel their presence in this room as I stroke these letters on the keyboard.