Now, the blue moon is not actually blue. (The moon, of course, always stays the same color.) The arrival of a second full moon in a month has been called a half a dozen other things in the last 400 years... the forth full moon in a three-month season, a "betrayer moon" (belewe in Old English) The last time a blue moon occurred was December 2009. The next time will be July 2015. At any rate, tonight’s Blue Moon takes on a special significance this time around. In announcing Armstrong's death last week at the age of 82, his family asked: When people "see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink." Neil Armstrong was laid to rest at a private service Friday in suburban Cincinnati, according to the Associated Press.
The best time to glimpse this rare lunar event is not late at night but right when the moon starts to rise, around 7:13 p.m. Ideally, viewers should find an eastward-facing spot with a clear look at the horizon.
And when you look up tonight, remember to pay a moment's tribute to the ultimate man in the moon, Neil Armstrong. -- Sean
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