The last time a blue moon graced the night sky was in December 2009 (date correction, as we previously stated August 2008), but tomorrow night a blue moon will appear again. Aren’t we lucky?!
To be clear, a blue moon is not “blue,” nor is it really rare. A blue moon is simply when a full moon appears twice in one month. According to Space.com’s Joe Rao, a blue moon occurs more often, than not and usually happens every 2.66 years. This month’s first full moon occurred on Aug. 1.
Tomorrow’s blue moon is actually quite special, as it will be broadcast live by the web-based Slooh Space Camera in honor of the late Neil Armstrong, Fox News reports, who died on Aug. 25 at 82 years.
Armstrong’s life and legendary first walk on the moon, along with NASA’s Apollo moon program, will be discussed by astronomer and Slooh editor Bob Berman and filmmaker Duncan Copp, who produced “In the Shadow of the Moon” documentary.
“This Blue Moon that Slooh will explore Friday night is somewhat rare, but not as rare as the courage and talent of the late Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on our nearest celestial neighbor,” Berman said in a statement. “To honor him, Slooh will explore the Sea of Tranquility with its Canary Island 20-inch telescope, live, and have guests who will reveal some of the lesser-known secrets of that historic 1969 event. I think many of our visitors will be in for quite a surprise.”
For those who don’t have ideal weather conditions, the live broadcast will be great. Slooh is known for broadcasting live views from telescopes globally. This time around, it will showcase shots of the blue moon from a Canary Islands observatory and views of the sun from Arizona’s Prescott Observatory. Dual feeds of simultaneous real-time shots will also be available for viewers.
Be sure to watch live at 6 p.m. EST, because this will be the last blue moon until July 2015.
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