Saturday, September 1, 2012

Once in a Blue Moon

Blue Moon over Phoenix 8/31/2012
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said "A month's second full moon is the blue moon. Not rare. More frequent than presidential elections, yet nobody calls them rare."

Technically speaking, the moon is already a few hours past its full phase — but it's still well worth taking note of, and not just because it's the last blue moon until July 31, 2015. It provides a fitting opportunity to pay tribute to history's first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong, who passed away last weekend. In fact, Armstrong's family is urging you to look at the moon in Neil's honor.

"The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink," the family said.  And remember his accomplishment--
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

1 comment:

  1. No blue moon visible here ... thanks to Isaac. But he's brought us some much-needed rain, so I'm not complaining. ;-)