“Blue Moon” by Rev A Slade. Original 3D Anaglyph by Joseph L. Bates in 1860.
On the 31st of August most of the world had a Blue Moon. No, the moon doesn’t go blue, it is simply the name for the second full moon in the same calender month. Why is this special? It’s not, really, it’s just rare that the moon phase cycle, if you took it from full moon to full moon, fits into the 30 or 31 days of the same calender month. At the Church of the Fourth Dimension we believe in truth and dispelling myths and faerie tales, however, this blue moon serves for a good opportunity for awareness.
Here in Pueleaz Mau we are on the International Date Line. Lots of things happen here first. The last sunset of the previous millennium to the first sunrise of the current millennium. That’s right, it’s pretty meaningless but it pays to take note of that meaninglessness. The International Date Line is a convention to help our understanding of time just as the months of the Gregorian calender.
In this case, the people of Pueleaz Mau had to wait a whole month for the Blue Moon, because, no matter what timezone we are in, the moon is full when the sun, the earth and the moon are in line. (When they are perfectly in line we have an eclipse.) This is when we on Earth cannot see any of our moon’s shadow. The sunlight is touching all of the moon’s surface that we can see. A lot of people surprisingly cannot grasp this and I will talk about it at another time.
The time when the alleged Blue Moon happened was at 3:58 pm CEST in Central Europe, in Greenwich UK it was at 1:58 pm GMT, and in New York USA it was at 9:58 a.m. ET. In Pueleaz Mau, home of Reverend Arthur Slade, the full moon was at 1.58 am NZST of the next morning, the 1st of September, therefore it was not in the same calender month and therefore did not qualify as a blue moon. So it was a blue moon for everyone in the world except Pueleaz Mau.
Of course it only got bumped to the next month. We had a full moon on the 1st as I just mentioned and also on the 30th. So this month we had a Blue Moon and everyone else on the planet missed out. Unfortunately, the exact time of the full moon was 4.19 pm NZDT so no one in Pueleaz Mau actually got to see it because it hadn’t risen yet.