Hello, boys and girls!
How was last night’s howling? Mine was excellent, thank you. The Moon was as wonderful and howlable as ever! Now, I must mention that this August’s full moon is what we wolves… and astronomers call a “blue moon”. Ever heard the expression that goes “once in a blue moon”? No? Oh, well, it does not matter. I am a young wolf so I do not understand it either. I guess it refers to things that happen quite rarely.
Anyway, let’s get back to business.
Since a full moon roughly rises once a month, we would normally think that there are always 12 great full moons to howl to throughout the year but this is not really so. Sometimes we get a bonus. In reality, it takes 29 and a half days for a full moon to grace our skies again but then we have 28 or 29-day months like February whilst other months are 30 or 31 days long. So what happens? It may be that in a given year February could be left without a full moon, for example (poor, poor February) whilst lucky March gets two full moons (one at the start and one at the end of the month, yay!). This second full moon in a month is called a Blue Moon.
Wait a minute. This August we do not have two full moons, why is it called a Blue Moon then?
Well, there is also a blue moon when we get a bonus full moon in a season. Each of the four seasons has three full moons but sometimes in a single season we may get four, hurrah! This summer we are having four amazing full moons. When this happens, the third full moon of the season is called a “Blue Moon”.
Do you think this is complicated? Check this link out for more moony information: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/blue-moon-rises-explainer-130820.htm
See you on the next full moon.