Blue Moons

A chance to see this awesome phenomenon in life only comes around once or twice in a great while, and you won't want to miss it when it does. It all started way back in the month September 2011, and it concluded in the month of August 2012. The big significance of this time frame is that there will be a grand total of thirteen full moons appearing in just a one year period. What's even more fascinating is that in the month of August 2012 there will be a total of two full moons, which is an extremely rare phenomenon. One of which will occur on August 2nd 2012, and the the other one which will roll in at the very end of the month on August 31st 2012. The term blue moon refers to two full moons in any one calendar month. This is a more recent definition of this phenomenon, where the blue moon is considered to be the second full moon in a calendar month. The last time this was known to have occurred was on December 31st 2009. Two full moons in one month may occur in any month out of the year except for February, which is shorter than the lunar cycle. An event as rare as two full moons in one month is naturally grounds for a celebration, and that's certainly what our Mayan brothers and sisters must of done many years ago. However this tradition has been been long forgotten, and lost over time. Let's all hope that this is the only thing that the Mayan people expected to happen in the year 2012 when their calendar came to an end. We may not know everything that is involved with a full moon, but we do know that the tides of our oceans are controlled by the moon. We have seen some people act strangely upon the eve of a full moon. In folklore we know that the legendary werewolf goes on the prowl when a full moon rises into the night sky. We know that it's a lot lighter outside, and easier to see during a night when a full moon is up and out. Of coarse this also has a lot to with cloud cover as well. We all know that there have been many songs and poems written about our big bright moon. If you all know of any other special events triggered by the moon, please share them with us all below in the comment section of this hub.

The dates for these important full moons are as follows -

September 12th 2011

October 11th 2011

November 10th 2011

December 10th 2011

January 9th 2012

February 7th 2012

March 8th 2012

April 6th 2012

May 6th 2012

June 4th 2012

July 3rd 2012

August 2nd 2012

August 31st 2012 - "The Blue Moon"

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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Interesting Hub. Do you know why it's called a blue moon?


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

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reikieffect 4 years ago

I love the sight of the moon; it looks so magical and serene. I didn't knew about this event...thanks!


stessily 4 years ago

theholestory, "Once in a blue moon" has been a favorite phrase of mine since childhood; I loved the phrase when I first heard it and have treasured the rarity which it implies.

Very interesting and well presented!

Thank you for sharing.


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mymoonlog 4 years ago from Bosnia-Hercegovina

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Did you know that the police dept. increase their staff when the moon is full? And the hospital increases their staff, also. There is definitely more activity happening during a full moon.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I will be looking at the moon on August 31st! I never knew about the 'blue moon' being the second in any one month. Thanks for this interesting info.


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TheHoleStory 4 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia Author

I just wanted to remind EVERYONE to stop for one second on August 31st 2012, and look up into the night sky. You will be witnessing a rare phenomenon called a "Blue Moon". A blue moon is considered to be the second full moon in a calendar month, and this will be happening tonight. The last time this was known to have occurred was on December 31st 2009. Take a quick look tonight, and then you will always be able to say that you were there for this historical moment in time!

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