We hope you were able to enjoy the Perseid meteor showers earlier this month. August offers another nighttime thrill this year, with a “blue moon” on the 31st.
The second full moon in a single month is one definition of a blue moon, and the most common one passed down through folklore. Even older folklore stories define it as the third full moon in a single 3-month season. Neither of these moons is actually a blue color. That is a much rarer occurrence, and is due to unusual conditions like certain kinds of particles of dust or smoke in the atmosphere.
Happily, this blue moon happens on Friday evening, so we can stay up late to enjoy it, then sleep in on Saturday. For the romantically inclined, check out the classic Rogers and Hart song “Blue Moon” (“Blue moon, you saw me standing alone/Without a dream in my heart/Without a love of my own.”
If you are superstitious, there are plenty of strange things to watch out for. While a rise in crime rates, or the “Transylvanian Effect” has been scientifically debunked, many police officers will tell you: Human activity in general tends to increase the nights leading up to a full moon, and peaks on the night it is completely full. This means the bad guys are probably busier, too, so extra caution is warranted.
We wish you clear skies and balmy weather to get out and enjoy the blue moon glow.
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