• Samantha Linnett

Once in a Blue Moon

August 2015

I couldn't resist. As many of you may know, last Friday was a blue moon. A blue moon is when a full moon occurs twice in the same month, which is a somewhat rare occurrence, hence the expression "once in a blue moon." It's not as rare as all the hype might make you think, though.

In the next 20 years, about 15 blue moons will occur, with none happening in 2017. So not super rare, but still pretty special. The really rare phenomenon "twice in a blue moon," two blue moons occurring in the same year, happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a blue moon appeared twice, in January and March.

One thing that a blue moon is not, as I so eloquently pointed out in a snapchat... blue. According to Wikipedia, "the suggestion has been made that the term "blue moon" for "intercalary month" arose by folk etymology, the "blue" replacing the no-longer-understood belewe, 'to betray'. The original meaning would then have been "betrayer moon", referring to a full moon that would "normally" (in years without an intercalary month) be the full moon of spring, while in an intercalary year, it was "traitorous" in the sense that people would have had to continue fasting for another month in accordance with the season of Lent."

The moon actually having a tint of blue is a very rare occurrence, but is possible in certain atmospheric conditions, such as when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.

But, again, last Friday's blue moon was still pretty special, and you know what happens when something special occurs on a Friday night: Party.

There was a ton of stuff happening in DC Friday night. A group of my fellow interns and I went to a 90's throwback concert (because yes, we are old enough to know 90's music, even if we are perhaps the youngest generation to do so) at the Navy Yard. The cover band White Ford Bronco performed and they were really, really great (videos on my Instagram).

The concert was free and very crowded. The music was awesome, the cheap wine was enjoyed out of plastic cups, and the sunset (see above) and the night's reflection on the water was beautiful.

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