As expected, romantic lunatic persons have all rushed outside on Friday evening to get a glimpse of the much –anticipated “blue moon”. Simply eye witnessing the event was not enough for them, so Internet users have shared thousands of blue moon pictures on their personal accounts, thus bringing the celestial body closer to their beloved ones’ feet.
Although the moon is the same, regardless where you look at it, the images that have been posted on the Internet in the night between Friday and Saturday have proven the opposite. Apparently, the celestial body takes different appearances, depending on the surrounding environment.
Viewers have all agreed that the most interesting pictures are the ones illustrating the gigantic moon in the close proximity of famous statues and iconic touristic attractions. However, some close-up views of the planet have managed to draw viewers’ attention, as well. In case you missed last night’s famous astronomical event, you can access the large database of pictures available on the Internet.
The blue moon phenomenon is not as rare as some linguistic expressions might suggest it; on the contrary, the next blue moon may be witnessed in 2018, according to scientists’ estimations.
The name of the astronomical phenomenon has been given by ancient populations after closely studying the cycles of the moon. They have thus, noticed that certain months feature two full moons, so peasants needed a specific name for the second full moon that would allow them to properly schedule their agricultural activities.
They have, thus, chosen the denomination “betrayal moon” because the full moon was just an exception and they could have been betrayed by it. The word evolved to the “blue” form we know today, causing confusion in relation to its significance.
Scientists have also connected the blue moon to other possible explanations, but so far only the linguistic description has been acknowledged as the correct one. Ulterior clarifications related the blue moon to the volcanic eruption in Indonesia in 1883, during which the moon appeared silvery as a result of the flying ash.
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