Realtors seeing Walk-ins once in a blue Moon...The Real Full Moon story.

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863

 

Tonight’s Moon is a True Blue Moon…Really!!

A Blue Moon as many of us know it…is when there are two full moons in a month. These are not true “Blue Moons”. The definition has gotten obscured over the years. Back in the 1930’s (August 21st 1937 to be exact) we had a fourth full Moon during the summer season. Seasonal Moons were given the designation of Early (in this case summer)…Mid summer and the late summer moon. So when it was observed that another Moon in a season couldn’t be called the late summer moon “again” the term Blue moon was assigned to the third full moon leaving the late full moon for the last occurrence in a season. Tonight’s Blue Moon will be the third full moon in the Fall Season. Not the Second full moon this month.

 

So where did the urban myth go astray…and where did the widely accepted two full moons in a month become the Blue Moon?   Seven times in 19 years there were – and still are – 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, has been wrongly interpreted and called a Blue Moon.   

The original Maine Farmers' Almanac rule had been all but forgotten. Now, let's come back to tonight’s full moon. Under the old Almanac rule, this would technically be a blue moon. In the autumn season of 2010, there are four full moons:                                  

  • Sept. 23
  • Oct. 22                                            
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 21

"But wait," you might say. "Dec. 21 is the first day of winter."

And you would be correct, but only if you live north of the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. South of the equator it's the first day of summer.

In 2010, the solstice comes at 6:38 p.m. EST. 

But the moon turns full at 3:13 a.m. EST. That's 15 hours and 25 minutes before the solstice occurs. So the Dec. 21 full moon occurs during the waning hours of fall and qualifies as the fourth full moon of the season. 

To add one further complication to the Blue Moon Theory…An extra full moon in a month…four full moons in a Season or how about this thought? After forest fires or volcanic eruptions, the moon can appear to take on a bluish or even lavender hue. Soot and ash particles, deposited high in the Earth’s Atmosphere, can sometimes make the moon appear bluish.

 

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Devona Garrigus
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Steve - Unfortunately I've never seen the moon like the one you have pictured above, but I would like to!
Nov 21, 2010 04:53 AM #1
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Steve, I had heard..."Once in a blue moon" and never gave it a second thought. Thanks for the explanation and will look for that 'blue moon' tonight!

Nov 21, 2010 04:55 AM #2
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Todd Anderson
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Steve, thanks for the education. We are in the midst of a big snowstorm in Park City, UT, so blue or not, we won't be seeing this one.

Nov 21, 2010 05:02 AM #3
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Steve, those are interesting facts that I didn't know! Blue moon or not, it's been so bright here, really something to see.  I'll look at it a little differently tonight!

Nov 21, 2010 05:14 AM #4
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Those old Maine Farmers really came up with some strange accountings, weather predictions, crop planting theories...Etc... But this theory of 4 full moons in a season, is more rare than 2 full moons in a month...thus the "Blue Moon" I like the history of this little factoid.

Nov 21, 2010 05:31 AM #5
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Amy Hahn
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Wow...I never knew so much about the meaning of "Blue Moon"...Might just have to take the telescope out tonight.  It is supposed to be beautiful and clear here tonight...Can't wait!

Nov 21, 2010 06:34 AM #6
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Amy...I hope that helps you enjoy tonight's full more a little bit more...knowing it's kind of a rare event.

Nov 21, 2010 06:45 AM #7
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Judy Jennings
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Steve - My husband just picked up a Farmer's Almanac yesterday. I enjoy checking out the forecasts. Sometimes they are accurate and other times not so much. I will have to check out the moon tonight. Thanks for the info.

Nov 21, 2010 07:12 AM #8
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Judy, Moon over the cape...nice

Nov 21, 2010 09:18 AM #9
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Just walked out and took this shot of the Moon.

Nov 21, 2010 11:40 AM #10
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William Feela
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The moon would be pretty tonight if there wern't any clouds.

Nov 21, 2010 12:36 PM #11
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Sharon Tara
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I have always loved a full moon and never really gave any thought to the term "blue moon" except for the song.  Your picture reminds me of one of my pics:

full moon

Nov 21, 2010 01:03 PM #12
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George Souto
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Steve well now I am educated on full moons, I didn't know any of this before reading your blog.

Nov 21, 2010 01:37 PM #13
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Sharon...Thanks for sharing your picture love the moon...howl  loud at the MOOOOOON!

Nov 21, 2010 01:59 PM #14
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Sharon Lancaster
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Full moon tonight! Fresh snow, full moon... fabulous!

Nov 21, 2010 05:35 PM #15
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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I guess the volcano is the explanation for one of my favorite songs, Luna Rossa!  Great photos and factoids Steve!

Nov 21, 2010 10:39 PM #16
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Sharon & Laura. For sure these are a few of my favorite things, a Full Moon and new snow are near the top of the list.

Nov 22, 2010 12:02 AM #17
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Valerie Osterhoudt
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Steve.. Thanks for the update on the "Blue Moon" theory.  Also, if the moon can move a body of water, maybe it will have an impact on people (buyers) to move and buy a home.  What do you think of this idea?

Nov 22, 2010 10:49 AM #18
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Aug 02, 2012 12:10 AM #19
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Thanks Paul...old post still have legs...let us not forget what we post - stays out there.

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