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Look Out for a Blue Moon Friday

Grab a Blue Moon beer, put on that old Elvis 45 and spend some time with the sky this Friday. If you miss this blue moon, you'll have to wait until 2015 to capture the moment again.

"Blue moon. You saw me standing alone. Without a dream in my heart. Without a love of my own."

So sang Elvis Presley (see the video). The song was actually written by the great songwriting duo Rogers and Hart in 1934. It's been covered by many, but no one has been able to croon it as well as Elvis.

Grab your special someone and look up this Friday night for a real blue moon sighting. You could even put on that old Elvis 45 and crack open a Blue Moon beer—don't forget the orange. 

But don't expect to see the color blue. A blue moon refers to the rarity of multiple full moons in a month or season. That's where the saying, once in a blue moon comes from.

Friday's full moon will be the second in August. The first took place on Aug. 1. 

Two blue moons in a month typically occur every 2.7 years, according to the Huffington Post

The last blue moon was on Dec. 31, 2009.

The moon may be doubly blue Friday, because the funeral service for Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be held Friday, according to Politico.

Armstrong died on Saturday at the age of 82. A private service is planned for Armstrong in Cincinnati, Politico reported.

Best time to see the Blue Moon:

The moon will be at its fullest at 8:58 a.m. CST, according to the Farmers' Almanac

DD August 31, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This story illuminates memories of my parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebrated under a blue moon on Dec. 31, 1990. We used the phenomenon as the theme of their vow renewal and party: "50 years of love happens once in a blue moon." Thanks for sharing this story.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 04:20 PM
That is beautiful. Thank YOU for sharing.

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