Wednesday, June 22, 2005

tonight's moon

Since I couldn't get a pic of the full moon last night, I was able to get a picture of the nearly full moon tonight.

That's the actual color it was when I took the photo, a deep orange-red. When I was growing up, I sometimes heard this called a Blood Moon, and was considered by some to be unlucky.


Strange Biotch said...

How often does this happen with the moon, and do you know what it's called? My friend asked me to go online to get the info.
Thank you,

mira said...

It takes that deep red color when there's a lot of dust in the air. Usually it's seen during planting and harvesting, the machinery stirs up a lot of dust. Before modern farm machinery it was much less common, so seeing it was supposedly a bad omen. The dust that caused it was from stuff like sandstorms or volcano eruptons hundreds or thousands of miles away, carried by the winds.

Growing up in rural Indiana, during about 2 weeks in spring when the corn was being planted, so much dust was kicked up that the sky turned slightly orange in the day time even.