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Blue Moon of 2012 over Buffalo, NY Skyline (DSH_6076) | by masinka
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Blue Moon of 2012 over Buffalo, NY Skyline (DSH_6076)

Copyright © 2012 Daniel Novak Photo, Buffalo Landscapes & Cityscapes | Blog | Google+

 

To be honest, this is actually the blue moon night + 1. Since the moonrise was too early the night of the blue moon I waited with its integration into the Buffalo skyline an extra day to get less daylight and more city lights in. In other words I wanted the moonrise to coincide with the blue hour.

 

Despite the name, almost everything else in this scene is bluer than the moon itself.

 

As I like to do when adding detail to my photos I googled the term to learn a bit more. Apparently, two full moons in a single month are the simpler definition. There's also another one that defines a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons. I will stick with the simpler one :-)

 

Every 19 years two blue moons happen in a single year. When that happens, it is almost always in January and March thanks to the short month of February in between.

 

When August has just one full moon its name is Full Sturgeon Moon. When there are two, I am assuming the first one is the Full Sturgeon Moon and the second one the Blue Moon. But that is my interpretation so don't hold me to it.

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Taken on September 1, 2012