Blue moon rises Friday-A A +A
Friday, August 31, 2012
Night sky observers around the world will get the chance to see a special full moon known as the "blue moon" on Friday.
This full moon is the second one to occur following the August 1 sighting this year.
Typically, blue moons occur every 2.7 years, and while they do not differ much of other full moons, the lunar views on Friday should serve as a fitting tribute to the legacy of Armstrong and the Apollo program, space.com said.
The term "blue moon," according to the website, as we use it today has nothing to do with the moon's color.
An amateur astronomer, James Pruett, in 1946 misinterpred the term as it was used in the Maine Farmers' Almanac.
Blue moon, long ago, was used to describe absurd happenings. (Sunnex)