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Once in a Blue Moon – that’s tomorrow night.

We refer to the second full moon in a calendar month as a “blue moon.”  Technically a blue moon occurs when there is a fourth full moon in a season.  Modern folklore now makes it acceptable to call the second full moon in a month a “blue moon.”

The full moon occurs once every 29.5 days. This essentially means that there is one full moon every month. However, as we know, every month but February has at least 30 days in it, which presents the potential for two full moons in a month.

August 2012 – is one of these unique months, which will have two full moons. There was a full moon  August 2nd, and there will be another  another full moon tomorrow night, August 31st.

Moon in My Room, pictured above,  is a classic tool for teaching the moon phases. It is authentically detailed,  hangs on your wall and shines moonlight just like the real moon. Twelve different phase settings let you match what the real moon looks like outside tonight!

Once in a Blue Moon try surprising your family with homemade Moon Pies. Tidy Mom has a beautiful pictorial and her chocolatey delicious recipe, hop on over and learn how to create them. For any of you not willing or able to whip up homemade Moon Pies, the boxed variety may be the way to go.

Phases of the Moon

The 2011 Harvest Moon is next Monday, September 12. Will you be watching observing it?

What makes the moon cast its light in phases?

Here is a tasty way of demonstrating the process. Becky Nelson has a useful instruction sheet complete with oreo-template.doc.

Unlike the sun, the moon does not give off its own light; instead it reflects the sun’s light.  Because of the orbit of the moon, we don’t always see the whole moon illuminated. How much of the moon we see depends on the phase it is in. Over the course of a month, you can observe all the different phases. A great way to teach your children about this is to observe the moon every few nights and discuss which phase it is in. If you have binoculars or a telescope, be sure to use them in your observation! During the month, what other changes do you notice? Does the moon always appear to have the same color and size? Your kids might enjoy keeping a journal with sketches and observations of each stage.

There are eight main phases in the moon’s monthly cycle:

New Moon-the sun, moon, and earth are lined up, with the sun’s light reflecting off the side of the moon facing it. To the earth on the other side of it, the moon appears to be very dark at this stage.

Waxing Crescent-the stage between the new moon and first quarter; a sliver of brightness is visible on the right. The dark part of the moon is still what is most visible to Earth at this point.

First Quarter-the moon is to the left of the earth and sun (moving counter-clockwise); the sun’s rays shine on the half of the moon facing it, half of which is visible to Earth. Thus, it appears to be a “half moon,” half bright and half dark.

Waxing Gibbous-the stage between the first quarter and full moon, when most of the bright side is visible.

Full-the sun, earth, and moon are lined up, with the side of the moon facing the earth illuminated.
Waning Gibbous-occurs after the full moon; the right edge appears to be dark or invisible. The moon is in the position opposite where it is during its waxing gibbous stage.

Last (Third) Quarter-the moon is to the right of the earth and sun; because the sun’s light only falls on the side of the moon facing it, there also appears to be a “half moon” in this phase. The side that is bright is now opposite where it was during the first quarter, since the moon is on the other side of Earth.

Waning Crescent-occurs between the last quarter and the new moon; only a crescent of the bright side shows, on the left edge closest to the sun. The rest of the moon facing us is the “dark” side.

Moon in My Room is a classic tool for teaching the moon phases which has been popular for many years.

The moon may be closer than you think.

On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011 which is a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. Barely 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full. When this occurs it is called a supermoon, a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the Earth.

This Supermoon will appear to be about 30% brighter and about 15% larger than a “normal” full Moon and will be the closest it has been to Earth in 18 years. Will this be a special night for Werewolves?

With Moon In My Room the moon will be close to you in your room every night. The moon is the perfect foray into astronomy. Its phases teach us about the forces of our universe, its features tell us about the origin of our planet, and it’s just plain cool to look at. Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room. In order to save on batteries, the light shuts off after an hour.

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Round Double Light Switch Plate Cover.

The image on these covers are a high resolution photograph of Jupiter Moon Io and NOT decoupaged.

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