As astronomers and sky aficionados prepare themselves for the next space event, we thought you should know the effects of July 31’s Blue Moon on your behavior. This is the second full moon in the month of July, whereas the first one was registered on July 2nd.
The summer months seem to be full of interesting astronomical events. The moon, in particular, is determined to get everyone’s attention this July by putting on colorful attires. After the famous Strawberry Moon with its reddish shade, this month space lovers will get to witness the so-called ‘blue moon’.
While the expression “once in blue moon” might wrongfully lead you into thinking that this phenomenon rarely occurs, data suggests the moon turns blue much more often. If we were to draw a line, we could say that this event takes place every two or three years, much often than other astronomical events.
The last time, astronomers were able to get a glimpse of the Blue Moon was on August 20, 2013, that is two years ago. The cycle seems to follow a certain pattern as the next Blue Moon is bound to take place next year, on May 21, 2016.
Coming back to the definition of the Blue Moon, we can only say that there have been many attempts to explain the nickname of the celestial body. Either way, we’ve taken a close look at it and it is not the color that defines it as the moon doesn’t really turn blue.
Past data suggests older populations have selected this name to represent the phenomenon of two full moons occurring within a month’s time span. Since full moons were highly important for agricultural practices, people needed specific terms to describe the effects of the moon on their crops.
Thus, the first full moon of the month was described as the spring moon, whereas for the second full moon they used the term “belewe” which meant “betrayer moon” because people would have been tricked into taking up new agricultural practices if they considered the Blue Moon as the beginning of a proper moon cycle.
As interesting as this etymologic theory may be, scientists have also used more recent evidence to explain the name of the Blue Moon. They believe this nickname was assigned in 1883 when the skies and the moon appeared to take new colors as a result of the exploding Krakatoa volcano and its subsequent ashes.
Regardless of the name origin, having too full moons in one month will most certainly influence our behavior. Since the full moon renders people more active, expect many new projects and activities to begin this month. Some people may even experience sleep problems, as the Blue Moon interferes with humans’ biological system.
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