Another of my standing-in-the-middle-of-a-field photos. This one is special though, because it was taken during a blue moon!

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ before, but I doubt you know what it means! A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month — a rare occasion, because of the 28-day lunar cycle, and the only slightly-longer calendar month! Because of the 11-day difference between the lunar year and the calendar year, over 3 years those days accumulate until a ‘bonus’ full moon arrives! And that’s the blue moon.

It’s not actually blue, unfortunately, and the ‘blue’ prefix is apparently steeped in folklore. Anyway! Here’s the photo, taken around 3am. You can see just how bright this particular full moon was, helped by the fact that it’s very low in the sky. Many people don’t even believe me when I say it’s the moon! If you can’t see the grass, your monitor is too dark!


This is a post for Skywatch Friday.

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