Space Weather News for May 31, 2007
BLUE MOON & JUPITER: According to folklore, tonight's Full Moon over North America is a "Blue Moon" because it is the second full Moon in a calendar month. If you go outside to look at the Blue Moon, you'll see it has a companion: Jupiter. All night long, the giant planet will be located right beside the Moon. You can see the bright pair with the naked eye, or for a real treat, scan them with a backyard telescope. The moons of Jupiter, lunar mountains and craters, and the Great Red Spot are surprisingly easy to see.
A REAL BLUE MOON! Blue Moons are supposed to be absurd, but on May 21st, the Moon over Hungary really did turn blue. Onlookers describe it as a "unique and unforgettable" experience.
Visit SpaceWeather.com to view photos of the display and to learn what caused it.
Blue Moon? Au contraire, says NPR and Kelley Beatty, editor of Night Sky magazine, and executive editor of Sky and Telescope.
NPR has the scoop on why this isn't really a Blue Moon and what one really is--and how the mistake has been passed down since 1946.
Still it should be a lovely sight--jolly guru Jupiter hanging out with the Full Moon!
And here's my own Full Moon May 31: an ape riding a wolf post at Jude's Threshold which you may wish to check out.