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September 1, 2012

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON!


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       Last night (August 31st) we had a 'blue' moon. It isn't a usual phenomenon to have two full moons in the same month. So the second one is called blue because it is something rare. It happens about every 2,5 years.
 
       The moon isn't really blue but it once became! In 1883 in Krakatoa island of Indonesia there was a huge volcano eruption. The soil and ashes that were ejected into the atmosphere made the moon look very blue. The people were in awe, they had never seen anything like it before in their lives. So, the expression 'once in a blue moon' was born to indicate that something happens very rarely.
 
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     Of course, as Greeks celebrate life (in all its forms), last night's   full moon - being blue and being the last one of the summer - was accompanied by many events. More than 124 archaeological sites all over Greece were open (no entrance fees!) and at many of them they had concerts and/or plays. All under a wonderful, magical and romantic 'blue' moon.

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P.S. Check out my other full moon here! (My photo!)



 
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3 comments:

  1. I've always known the saying "once in a blue moon" but I never knew that there once was actually a blue moon. I love the way Greeks celebrate it, sounds like fun!

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  2. i like the moon and also the stars... keep on blogging friend

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  3. What an interesting post. I love to learn something new and now I did!

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