IT HAPPENED ON A BLUE MOON

Posters

Size:
$13.00
Tammera

Sacramento, United States

  • Product
    Info
  • Product
    Reviews
  • Available
    Products
    9
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 24

Sizing Information

Small 16.4" x 21.9"
Medium 23.4" x 31.2"
Large 33.2" x 44.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border

Features

  • Hang your posters in dorms, bedrooms, offices, studios, or anywhere blank walls aren't welcome
  • Printed on 185 gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut - refer to size chart for finished measurements
  • 0.19 inch / 0.5 cm white border to assist in framing

Reviews

Wall Art

Home Decor

Bags

Stationery

Artist's Description

By Alan Boyle
Follow @b0yle

Tonight’s blue moon may not be as rare as it sounds, but it’s still special — as is every glorious full moon, whichever color you use to describe it.

Actually, the term “blue moon” is something of a misnomer. There’s no reason for the full moon to be any bluer than usual (though it’s certainly possible for the moon to take on a blue tinge). Instead, it has to do with the extra occurrence of a full moon in a given calendar cycle.

Various cultures have used different terms to describe that extra lunar cycle — Adhik Maas for Hindus, or an extra month of Adar for the Jewish calendar. The Maine Farmers’ Almanac used the term “blue moon” to describe an extra moon in a particular quarter of the year. Then, in 1946, an amateur astronomer named James Hugh Pruett wrote about the phenomenon for Sky & Telescope magazine, in the context of the old saying that a rare occurrence happened only “once in a blue moon.”

Only problem was, he got it wrong. Pruett described the blue-moon phenomenon as the second full moon in a calendar month. Sky & Telescope stuck with that, and the definition has been used (and hotly debated) ever since. If you go along with the definition, then tonight’s full moon is blue due to the fact that it follows a full moon on the night of Aug. 1.

There’s another long-debated issue surrounding blue moons: You could argue that they happen way too often to be considered as rare as a “blue moon” in the proverbial sense. The interplay of the lunar and solar calendars dictates that a blue moon should occur, on average, every 2.7 years. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson summed up the issue a couple of days ago in a Twitter update: “A month’s second full moon is the blue moon. Not rare. More frequent than presidential elections, yet nobody calls them rare.”

Technically speaking, the moon is already a few hours past its full phase — but it’s still well worth taking note of, and not just because it’s the last blue moon until July 31, 2015. It provides a fitting opportunity to pay tribute to history’s first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong, who passed away last weekend. In fact, Armstrong’s family is urging you to look at the moon in Neil’s honor.

“The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink,” the family said.

Photographers around the world have already been getting great moon shots. Here’s a sampling of the “blue moon” views:
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/31/1...

Blue moon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A blue moon is the appearance of the third full moon in a season with four full moons. The term has also mistakenly been used to refer to the second full moon in a month. Most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately monthly. In addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains roughly eleven days more than the lunar year of 12 lunations. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years (7 times in the 19-year Metonic cycle), there is an extra full moon. Lunisolar calendars have rules about when to insert such an intercalary or embolismic (“leap”) month, and what name it is given; e.g. in the Hebrew calendar the month Adar is duplicated. The term “blue moon” comes from folklore. Different traditions and conventions place the extra “blue” full moon at different times in the year. In the Hindu calendar, this extra month is called ‘Adhik(extra) masa (month)’. It is also known as purushottam maas, so as to give it a devotional name.

A “blue moon” is also used colloquially to mean “a rare event”, reflected in the phrase “once in a blue moon”.

Digital Art
Photoshop CS5

Special Thanx to deviantart.com Stock:
Premade_Background_130_by_AshenSorrow
premade_background_183_by_ashensorrow-d2b46mz
stock___crow_2_by_camaryn_wallpaper-d3k33gr
Antique_Jack_in_a_Box_2_by_Falln_Stock

FEATURED IN ABSTRACT SURREAL ART
FEATURED IN CREATION
FEATURED IN THROUGH THE WINDOW
FEATURED IN ARTISTS UNIVERSE

Artwork Comments

  • Carol Knudsen
  • Tammera
  • tori yule
  • Tammera
  • Jennifer Rhoades
  • Tammera
  • Keith Reesor
  • Tammera
  • CarolM
  • Tammera
  • eoconnor
  • Tammera
  • Julie  White
  • Tammera
  • Bunny Clarke
  • Tammera
  • debarlene
  • Tammera
  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
  • Tammera
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.