This year has been horrible, but there’s one shining—literally, one could argue—exception to the crappy 2020 we find ourselves enduring.
Tomorrow night, on Halloween, there will be a rare blue moon. (Thanks, Mother Nature, but this doesn’t let you off the hook for COVID-19, wildfires, extreme weather, etc.) Here’s what you need to know about this exciting astronomical treat:
HOW DOES THE MOON TURN BLUE?
For starters, that’s a misnomer. The moon remains the same color it always is. The “blue” may come form the Old English word “belewe,” which means “betray.”
OOOH, BETRAYED? YOU MEAN LIKE A TRUE CRIME STORY?
Not exactly. In contemporary parlance, a blue moon refers to a second full moon in one month. Perhaps centuries ago, this was viewed as the moon “betraying” mankind or tricking people with a second full one.