The Mystical, Magical, Magnificent Moon

About 4.5 million years ago, not too long after the solar system began forming, it is believed that a rock the size of a small planet slammed into the earth and became the moon.

There actually is no “dark side” of the moon, just a side we never see. At times in its orbit the moon is between the earth and the sun and this causes the different moon phases. As the moon moves opposite the sun, that’s when the moon is “full” and we see its lighted side entirely.

The term “blood moon” only recently gained notoriety due to a supposed connection to the “end times” when a series of four lunar eclipses, or a lunar tetrad would occur, according to some Christian prophecy.  However, a full moon almost always appears reddish during a full lunar eclipse due to the way Earth’s sunsets and sunrises fall on the moon’s face mid-eclipse.

There’s been much said about the moon and its association to people going a bit nuts when it’s full. There have been numerous studies done to chart such behavior though and there is no statistical basis to back the theory up.

Full moons are commonly known by such names as “Harvest, Hunter’s, Planter’s” etc. and also by different colors according to the seasons and months.

Everyone, I’m sure, has heard of the saying, “once in a Blue Moon”.  The reason for that is that they occur, according to NASA, approximately every 2.5 years.  There are normally 29.5 days between full moons so having two fulls moon in a 30 or 31 day month is quite unusual.  These moons aren’t actually blue, unless seen through some atmospheric filter not normally in occurrance, such as volcanic eruptions, forest fires or dust storms.

The next blue moon is Halloween, October 31, 2020.

Whatever you believe about the moon, such as a new moon is a good time to get your hair trimmed to promote growth, or that people you know act in strange ways that are totally out of character during a full one, there’s one thing that can be said that no one can dispute, and that’s it IS a truly magical, mystical and magnificent object.

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