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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- On a Blue Moon
NASA ^ | September 01, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 09/01/2012 2:56:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Rising at sunset, the gorgeous Full Moon of August 31 became the second Full Moon in a month. According to modern reckoning, that makes it a Blue Moon. In fact, parts of the Full Moon do look a little blue in this sharp lunar portrait. Taken just hours before the exact full phase in delightfully clear skies over Nottingham, UK, it features eye-catching bright rays extending from the prominent young crater Tycho in the Moon's southern hemisphere. The slightly color enhanced image also brings out subtle shades of blue, a real characteristic of terrain with a high content of titanium oxide and iron. The blue lunar terrain on the right includes the dark flat expanse of the Sea of Tranquility and the Apollo 11 landing site.

September 01, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; bluemoon; moon; science
[Credit & Copyright: Simon Smith]

1 posted on 09/01/2012 2:56:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Gallery: Blue Moon

2 posted on 09/01/2012 2:59:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Kinda looks like a muskmelon.


3 posted on 09/01/2012 3:01:30 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Rising at sunset, the gorgeous Full Moon of August 31 became the second Full Moon in a month. According to modern reckoning, that makes it a Blue Moon."

Modern reckoning is wrong. There is a definition of a blue moon and it is NOT the second blue moon in a month...it is the forth full moon in a quarter...which is much rarer and only occurs once in a blue moon.

4 posted on 09/01/2012 3:01:52 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv
It kept me awake last night! When's the Harvest Moon
5 posted on 09/01/2012 3:05:59 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

The Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Worm Moon, the Pink Moon, the Flower Moon, the Strawberry Moon, the Buck Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, the Beaver Moon, and the Cold Moon.
The harvest moon is the moon closest to the fall equinox...normally Sept. or early Oct.


6 posted on 09/01/2012 3:23:11 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv

We finally had a clear night sky and I was able to see it.


7 posted on 09/01/2012 3:39:18 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv

We’ve been enjoying the Blue Moon, Sunky (although I can’t get the song out of my brain). Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 09/01/2012 4:00:58 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: NYer

Better song, too.


9 posted on 09/01/2012 4:31:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: momtothree

;’) Almost forgot about it.


10 posted on 09/01/2012 4:44:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gorush

Thanks g.


11 posted on 09/01/2012 4:48:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: left that other site

I forgot to check. [blush]


12 posted on 09/01/2012 4:48:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You are forgiven! :-)


13 posted on 09/01/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Too much mooning going on in this thread.
14 posted on 09/01/2012 4:52:33 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

We all know you LOVE it, too! LOL!


15 posted on 09/01/2012 4:53:40 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: gorush

Close - it’s the third moon in a season with four moons (seasons beginning on the solstice or equinox). The first, middle, and last moons of the seasons all have names, so rather than messing with those titles, the Blue Moon was born.


16 posted on 09/01/2012 4:58:22 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

you are correct, sir...or madam


17 posted on 09/01/2012 5:01:32 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: The Cajun

It started out great, and just got crater and crater.


18 posted on 09/01/2012 5:07:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gorush

I'm an old "Mooner" myself...

19 posted on 09/01/2012 5:09:25 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Thanks stormer.


20 posted on 09/01/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I stood outside last night and watched it. It was so bright and there were lots of small dark clouds moving across it, giving an eerily beautiful effect.


21 posted on 09/01/2012 5:42:35 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: potlatch

It was saying good bye to one of its old buddies, Neil Armstrong.


22 posted on 09/01/2012 5:49:09 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: gorush

“...blue moon...it is the forth full moon in a quarter...”

Is that any three month period, or does it have to be a calendar quarter? Oct 29 will be the 4th full moon in the three month period of Aug, Sep, Oct 2012. Will that be a ‘Blue Moon’?


23 posted on 09/01/2012 5:52:26 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: NCC-1701

That’s a nice thought NCC.
I’ve always been a moon watcher.


24 posted on 09/01/2012 5:59:44 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: NCC-1701

“... saying good bye to one of its old buddies, Neil Armstrong”

Beautiful statement, NCC!


25 posted on 09/01/2012 6:06:45 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

stormer is correct in post #13. It is the third of four full moons in a three month period...I’m guessing on that last...but the calender is derived from the planet’s motion, not the moon’s. The term exists only because we attempt to meld the two.


26 posted on 09/01/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO2oLZrnEWs


27 posted on 09/01/2012 6:17:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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