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      Thought this was so unbelievably wonderful so wanted to share so I copied some of the article...
      I have always been so fascinated by moon even when I was a little girl...used to wonder who really live inside...was told that two bunnies live inside but...do they? ha ha ha.
      Now that I read this, I won't be able to wait for this BLUE MOON on this Sunday which is tomorrow...

      The Really Strange Story Behind Sunday's Blue Moon

      The full moon of November arrives on Sunday and will bring with it a cosmic addition: It will also be a so-called "blue moon."

      "But wait a minute," you might ask. "Isn't a 'blue moon' defined as the second full moon that occurs during a calendar month? Sunday's full moon falls on Nov. 21 and it will be the only full moon in November 2010. So how can it be a 'blue' moon?"

      Indeed, November's full moon is blue moon – but only if we follow a rule that's now somewhat obscure.

      In fact, the current "two- full moons in one month" rule has superseded an older rule that would allow us to call Sunday's moon "blue." To be clear, the moon does not actually appear a blue color during a blue moon, it has to do with lunar mechanics.

      Confused yet?

      Well, as the late Paul Harvey used to say — here now, is the rest of the story:

      The blue moon rule

      Back in the July 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, in a question and answer column written by Lawrence J. Lafleur, there was a reference made to the term "blue moon."  [Gallery - Full Moon Fever]

      Lafleur cited the unusual term from a copy of the 1937 edition of the now-defunct Maine Farmers' Almanac (NOT to be confused with The Farmers' Almanac of Lewiston, Maine, which is still in business).

      On the almanac page for August 1937, the calendrical meaning for the term "blue moon" was given.

      That explanation said that the moon "... usually comes full twelve times in a year, three times for each season."

      Occasionally, however, there will come a year when there are 13 full moons during a year, not the usual 12. The almanac explanation continued:

      "This was considered a very unfortunate circumstance, especially by the monks who had charge of the calendar of thirteen months for that year, and it upset the regular arrangement of church festivals. For this reason thirteen came to be considered an unlucky number."

      And with that extra full moon, it also meant that one of the four seasons would contain four full moons instead of the usual three.

      "There are seven Blue Moons in a Lunar Cycle of nineteen years," continued the almanac, ending on the comment that, "In olden times the almanac makers had much difficulty calculating the occurrence of the Blue Moon and this uncertainty gave rise to the expression 'Once in a Blue Moon.'"

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      not sure about full moon, it's been raining all day today in San Diego.

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      No kidding,Taaa...

      Didn't rain but so darn windy...almost scary sitting in this dark night.

      I will end up crying if I don't get to see this Blue Moon...

      Rain, go away!!!
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      Cool another full moon...time to howl!!!!
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      Thanks for sharing. That is very cool nan. I'm looking forward to this evening
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      Thank You wnanhee, i enjoyed reading that, the moon, stars and skies are an amazing place for your eyes and mind to visit, when i was little i always thought of it as a giant mint, so i called it the "minty moon" and of course you want to taste it. Last night i saw the moon it was big, bright and beautiful with a blue tint, didn't realize we are in blue moon phase, but i said to myself.. wow the moon is lookin' a little blue tonight, maybe i'll sing it a tune.. lmao.. (poor moon)
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        I was hoping to see this "once in a blue moon" tonight but it's all broken clouds here...so just a few twinkling stars for now.

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        My hopes are not up any more...(Nan is crying ...)

        All night and morning it's been rain and hails...

        Better change my hopes to snowing...
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        wouldn't the big blue moon over a nice snowy scene be awesome, though? 

        One of my favorite things is being at the beach when the sun is coming up or going down on one horizon and the moon is doing the same on the other.  Now that would be nice, too.
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        I guess it depends on where you are on the globe.  I didnt see the full moon on Sunday, but I saw it today when I drove home.  I was almost hit the car in front of me cuz I kept looking at the moon, lol.  It's very nice thou.
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        Geez...I stood outside for at least 20 minutes or so in middle of wind blowing but no Moon...

        Taaa...you re too funny.
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        Very interesting article Nan. I have an affection for the moon and always have since i was a little girl.  I am always running outside and trying to snap pics when it is a full moon. There is something so mysteriously romantic about it.

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        Hey TA, someone i know had his first sight at blacks beach be someone that resembled your animation!!  It was verry funny, and may have tramuatized him slightly..

        I did notice the moon rising earlier , it was one of those Huge ones
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        gotta keep the lunars on the path...

        All that you touch
        All that you see
        All that you taste
        All you feel.
        All that you love
        All that you hate
        All you distrust
        All you save.
        All that you give
        All that you deal
        All that you buy,
        beg, borrow or steal.
        All you create
        All you destroy
        All that you do
        All that you say.
        All that you eat
        And everyone you meet
        All that you slight
        And everyone you fight.
        All that is now
        All that is gone
        All that's to come
        and everything under the sun is in tune
        but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

        "There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."
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          I too have always had a fascination with the full moon...I didn't get to see it but I did enjoy the article...thanks for sharing Nan.

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