By Jay Michaels
Story Published: Dec 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM CST
When somebody says that something happens 'every once in a blue moon,' usually they mean it doesn't happen very often.
A local astronomer says that back in the 1940's, a researcher for 'Sky and Telescope Magazine' managed to misquote the definition of a blue moon as being a second full moon during a calendar month.
He says the Maine Farmer's Almanac defined the third full moon during a season as a blue moon.
Faulkner Planetarium Manager Rick Greenawald says, If there were four full moons during one of those seasons, the third full moon was referred to as the blue moon to keep the other moons in line with their traditional interpretation, harvest, hunters, and so forth.
He says in seven out of 19 years, a total of 13 full moons will occur in a twelve month period; and he says by using the original method blue moons happen more often than the 'two full moons in a calendar month' reckoning.
The fourth day saw the material creation finished (for on the fifth and sixth days it was only the furnishing and peopling of the earth with living creatures). The sun, moon, and stars completed the work, and they were to give light upon the earth which had been created, and to rule over the day and over the night (Genesis 1:14-19).
Four is the number of the great elementsearth, air, fire, and water.
Four are the regions of the earthnorth, south, east, and west.
Four are the divisions of the daymorning, noon, evening, and midnight. Or in our Lord’s words, when He speaks of His coming at evening, midnight, cock-crowing, or in the morning (Mark 13:35). We are never to put off His coming in our minds beyond tomorrow morning.
Four are the seasons of the yearspring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Four are the great variations of the lunar phases.