02 September 2012

Blue Moon Friday and the Startling 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake

Earlier yesterday it was announced on the local NEWS the journey of another unusual celestial event -- the Blue Moon (the second full moon of the month) to shine around the world. Though I’ve heard about it many times, I’ve never actually seen it with my bare eyes and yesterday was supposed to be the first. From where I am situated I need to wait a certain time of the night till I get a full view of the moon since my place is surrounded with tall trees. That means around nine in the evening and onward although I had my camera ready way earlier.

I was on chat with my cousin in Dubai while taking my time when a reported 7.7 magnitude earthquake startled most parts of the country. Whew, it was the longest I’ve ever experienced. I was locked up on my chair with my left hand securing the computer monitor while the other’s on my TV. Yes, thankfully my PC table and the TV stand are only few inches apart. And then there’s the breaking news shortly after the shaking. Social media sites were flooded with posts too related to that incident.

It’s already past 12 midnight when I remembered back the Blue Moon. I hurried out and looked up. Where’s the blue moon? Like a child I was expecting it would literally turn blue but did it? Not really! In fact, it appears just like an ordinary moon to me. Then I found out from Wikipedia that Blue Moon is never really blue at all - though on some areas the unusually bluish effect that is said to be caused by smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere is really visible.

Lastly, the phrase “Once in a Blue Moon” if you happened to hear of it is derived from this exceptional event. It is a common way of saying “not very often”. Just as the Blue moon only appear once in every two- and-a-half to three years.

Question: Did that celestial event have something to do with the shaking? What do you think?

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