For those who don’t know, today is a special day in Britain. We will be treated to a rare astrological spectacle tonight as the first blue moon since 2012 graces its skies.
The blue moon, which refers to the extra full moon that takes place over a calendar year, will not be seen again until 2018, so stargazers and astronomers alike will be making the most of the natural spectacle.
But the extra full moon is something of a misnomer, and those viewing it may be disappointed to discover that the blue moon is no bluer than a regular moon. In other words, it’s going to be quite gray.
Blue moons occur due to a difference between calendar and lunar months. A calendar month is anything between 28-31 days, whereas the length between lunar months – the time between two full moons – is always 29.53 days.
The blue moon is the first since August 31, 2012, and won’t be seen again until January 31, 2018. So I had to mark the occasion with a few relevant jokes:
Murphy and Paddy were walking home from the pub. Murphy says to Paddy, “What a beautiful evening, look at the moon.”
Paddy stops and looks at Murphy, “You are wrong, that’s not the moon, that’s the sun.” Both started arguing for a while when they come upon a real drunk walking in the other direction, so they stopped him.
“Sir, could you please help settle our argument? Tell us what that thing is up in the sky that’s shining. Is it the moon or the sun?”
The drunk looked at the sky and then looked at them, and said, “Sorry, I don’t live around here.”
After the Americans went to the Moon, Murphy and Paddy announced that the Kerry Men would go one better and send a man to the Sun.
Murphy objected. “If you send a man to the Sun, he will burn up!”
“What do you think we are, stupid?” Paddy replied. “We’ll send our man at night!”
Murphy and Paddy have just opened a new restaurant on the moon.
It serves great cheese dishes, but the atmosphere is terrible.
How can you tell when the moon is going broke?
You can see that the moon is down to its last quarter.
What appears once in a minute and once in a blue moon yet never in one hundred years?
The Letter M.
A man went to the rocket station and asked for a ticket to the moon.
“Sorry, sir,” said the attendant, “the moon is full just now.”
Hope you get a glimpse of the moon tonight and have a good weekend.