Technically speaking, a blue moon is the second full moon to occur in a single month. July 31, 2015 was just such an occasion.
Our moon doesn’t get much love these days. Our attention is focused on Mars and Pluto and distant asteroids that happen to pass nearby. We are peering deeper and deeper into space in our quest to understand the unexplainable.
But I would like to spend a little time thinking about our moon, so close at hand but no longer important since it stopped being a political token after Neil Armstrong visited it a generation ago. It was the first extraterrestrial body to attract the attention of scientists like Ptolemy and Copernicus. Because of it, the notion that the sun revolved around the Earth was upended, proving once and for all that truth is a matter of perspective.
Please enjoy the photos of this latest blue moon, taken from my deck overlooking the lake. Spend a moment contemplating its beauty and how important it is to our daily life here on Earth. After all, it is responsible for the tides. We think of them as normal and ordinary, but they involve trillions of gallons of water sloshing around the globe twice a day. That’s quite an accomplishment, don’t you think?
The moon has sparked millions of books, letters, songs and movies over the ages. It is a beacon to the great beyond and the mysteries of the cosmos. It reminds us that no matter how much we think we know, there is a great deal more to learn.
Behold the moon, gatekeeper to the stars.