Well, they’re at it again. The media are apparently making an exciting news story about the fact that this month of July will have two Full Moons in it. My issue here is that we should be enjoying the sky with a little less breathless excitement. The Moon is full every 29.53 days or so regardless of what we happen to call the current month.I have seen a few articles encouraging people to watch this ;rare’ event. Rare? One of our months has two Full Moons in it every two years or so. I’ve said this over and over, there are wonderful things to see just about every clear night. What would truly rare is to have a major metropolitan newspaper, or a regular news broadcast have a daily astronomical feature.
On our little weekend getaway for the Fourth of July holiday, we arrived at our hotel about an hour after sunset. The orange Full Moon was rising over the cornfields. What a lovely sight!