Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Once in a blue moon...

This May 31st, we (in the Midwest) will experience a Blue Moon, the second of two full moons in a month. The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, while the length of an average month is about 30.5 days. This makes it unlikely that any given month will contain two full moons, though it does sometimes happen. So, on average, there are 41 months that have two full moons each century, so once in a blue moon means once every two and a half years. Hope you enjoy this one! (If you are this from anywhere east of London, your blue moon will occur in June, not May.)

There are many fun activities you can do in May:
-Stay up until dark and view the moon through binoculars or telescope and see if you can observe any landmarks
-Make a moon calendar
-View Space.com's Top 10 Cool Moon Facts
-Learn about the moon's phases
-Find out more about the blue moon

Good books to read:
Papa, please get the moon for me by Carle, Eric.
I took the moon for a walk by Curtis, Caroly.
Rise the moon by Spinelli, Eileen.
Owl moon by Yolen, Jane.
Phases of the moon 2007 by Olson, Gillia M.
Moonlore : myths and folklore from around the world by O'Hara, Gwydion.

I'm planning a few moon crafts and baking projects, and will post those as we go along this month!

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