A Blue Moon for Hogmanay

Once in a Blue Moon … is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.

The interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, it does sometimes happen tho.

On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century.    So once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years 🙂


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