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178310.  Sun May 27, 2007 10:27 am Reply with quote

I thought this was a good original piece of GI, but it seems that Grizzly posted the same fact, sourced from wikipedia, a couple of months ago.


Question: What is a blue moon?

Forfeit: The second full moon in a month


The third of four full moons in a season such as Autumn or Winter.

It was not until the year 1999 that the origin of the calendrical term "Blue Moon" was at long last discovered. It was during the time frame from 1932 through 1957 that the Maine Farmers' Almanac suggested that if one of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer or fall) contained four full Moons instead of the usual three, that the third full Moon should be called a "Blue Moon."

But thanks to a couple of misinterpretations of this arcane rule, first by a writer in a 1946 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, and much later, in 1980 in a syndicated radio program, it now appears that the second full Moon in a month is the one that's now popularly accepted as the definition of a "Blue Moon."



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