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What Does a Blue Moon Really Mean?

Jim started the show today by discussing the beautiful full moon that we were all treated to last night. Last night’s moon was known as a “Blue Moon,” but the problem was, the moon wasn’t really blue, in the colored sense.

What does a blue moon really mean?
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As Jim was discussing what the reasoning could be, a female listener called in and explained that the term has nothing to do with color, rather it has to do multiple full moons in a calendar month.

This month was a real rare variety as it was an extra summer moon, being the third in a season of four that began in June and ends in September.

We compiled some links for you to check out with all the information regarding blue and full moons below.

 

The science of the blue moon:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/blue-moon-2013-august_n_3784415.html

 

A history of the phrase ‘blue moon’

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/where-did-the-phrase-once-in-a-blue-moon-come-from

 

Farmer’s Almanac: The Full Moon Calendar

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-dates-and-times/

 

Farmers Almanac: Full moon names and their meanings

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/

 

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