Re: Full Moon [not OT!]
- Congratulations on your marriage! May you have much happiness. The moon
was also eclipsed that night. My lord and I were married (many years
ago) also on a night of a full moon with an eclipse.
The full moon of December 30 was the only full moon in December. The
previous full moon was on November 30. It might have still looked full
on the following night.
The idea of a "blue moon" as the second full moon in a month is a recent
interpretation. An article in 1937 in the Maine Farmers' Almanac
explained that occasionally a year had 13 full moons and suggested that
the thirteenth was called a blue moon. An article in Sky & Telescope in
1946 mentioned that article and further explained that in such a year
one month would have two full moons. This interpretation of the second
full moon as the "blue moon" was popularized starting in 1980 with its
mention on an astronomical radio program. In fact, no one really knows
the origin or original meaning of the phrase "blue moon." However, it
has been around since at least the 16th century, when it was used in a
religious tract. Therefore, the phrase is in period and is not OT!
Gwendolen Lambert wrote:
> True.... I was married yesterday, and we chose that date because itADVERTISEMENT
> *was* a
> full moon!! In fact, I believe it was also a "blue moon" since it was
> second full moon in December. :-)
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