For the last half a century, Neil Armstrong’s name has been synonymous with the word moon.
Neil Armstrong made his mark on this world, and even galaxy, when he became the first astronaut to walk on the moon in July of 1969 as commander of Apollo 11. Armstrong passed away last Saturday, August 25 in Ohio at the age of 82.
According to the Huffington Post, Armstrong was laid to rest in a private service on Friday, August 31, the same day as a rare “blue moon” occurrence.
“Once in a blue moon…”
Many people have probably used the phrase “blue moon” to refer to a rare occurrence, or drank the beer Blue Moon, but probably do not exactly know what it is. A blue occurs when there are two full moons in one calendar month. The second full moon in the month is referred to as a “blue moon”; however, the moon is not actually colored blue.
A fully moon cycle is 29.5 days so a blue moon is uncommon which is where the phrase “once in a blue moon” is derived from. A blue moon will not occur again until July 2015.
Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb says a blue moon is far more important to lovers, literature and folklore than it is to science.
Neil Armstrong’s family is asking to pay tribute to him and his legacy by looking up at the blue moon and giving the astronaut a wink.
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