Saturday, September 1, 2012
BLUE MOON IN AUGUST 2012
On Friday evening, people will get the opportunity to observe the last "blue moon" or rare full moon until the following occasion which takes place in 2015.
A blue moon is a second full moon of the same month that occurs due to the length of calendar months and the duration of the moon to circumnavigate the Earth. A full orbit only takes 29.5 days, meaning that our 30 to 31 day months occasionally cram in two full moons.
In this occasion, people from all over the U.S. should be able to watch it whether they are in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Seattle, etc.
Depending on weather conditions, people should be able to watch the phenomenon up in the sky with bare eyes or they also have the option to tune into the Slooh space camera site at 6:00 p.m. EDT to catch a live stream/ broadcast of the event.
Bob Berman, astronomer and documentary filmmaker Duncan Copp will speak while observing the footage taken from both the Canary Islands Observatory and the Prescott Observatory in Arizona.
The event which is also viewable on iOS and Android devices for those on the move will be able to observe simultaneous feed of the sun and the moon.
The live streaming will also set apart a moment of its broadcast to address some words to honor the late Neil Armstrong.
Berman recently said that the Blue Moon on Friday night was rare, but not as rare as the courage and talent of Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the nearest celestial neighbor."
"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," he said.
According to Universe Today, Astronomer and Publicist for Australasian Science magazine David Reneke said, "Blue Moons don't have any real significance scientifically but they're fun to look at. Anytime you can get people out to look at the real sky to me is a great plus, enjoy it while you can this Friday night and while you're looking moonward, think of Neil Armstrong, OK?"
Neil Armstrong died on August 25, 2012 at the age of 82.
He died in Cincinnati, Ohio after suffering complications from blocked coronary arteries.
The next time stargazers will be able to see a blue moon is July 2015.