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‘Black Moon’ Today, July 31, 2019, & How It Differs From A ‘Blue Moon’.

by Anura Guruge




The Key Difference:

Black Moon has to be a NEW Moon.

Blue Moon has to a FULL Moon.

Other than that they both refer to an ‘EXTRA’ moon in a given ‘month’.


Blue Moon‘ can mean one of two things:

1. Second full moon within the same calendar month.

2. Third full moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.


Black Moon‘, DITTO, but when it applies to a NEW MOON.

So, it means:

1. Second NEW moon within the same calendar month — as is the case this month, i.e., July 2019.

2. Third NEW moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.


Both are rare events.

Furthermore, today’s Black Moon is a Supermoon — i.e., it is closer to Earth than normal.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Blue Moon’ On Friday, July 31, 2015 Will Be The Last In A Blue Moon.

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>> Classic Blue Moon.
>> Once in a Blue Moon.

>> Next ‘Blood Red’ on April 4, 2015.
>> October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse.

>> Oct. 17 astronomy presentation in Alton.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. NOD = National Orgasm Day.


To be fair a ‘Blue Moon‘ can mean one of three things:

1. Second full moon within the same calendar month.

2. Third full moon during an astronomical season that has four full moons; an astronomical season in this context being the 3-month period between an equinox and a solstice, e.g., 3-months between the March Spring Equinox and the June Summer Solstice.

3. When the moon, due to atmospherical conditions, appears blue.

All three are RARE events. An astronomical season is but three months. So to get 4 full moons does not happen that often. DITTO for two full moons in the same month and ‘red’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ and ‘gray’ moons are much more common that blue-tinted moons.

So the phrase, ‘Blue Moon’, as I talked about in this post, is also used to mean something that happens rarely.

The last two full moons in a month happened in September 2012. Nearly 3 years ago.

Friday’s July 31, 2015 Blue Moon is the last, for us in EASTERN U.S. till beyond 2020. Yes, that is it for over 5 years. Time zones to the WEST of us will have them in May 2016, May 2018 and October 2020. But not in Eastern U.S. All has to do with the timing of the 2nd full moon.

Third full moon in an astronomical season will happen May 2016, May 2019, August 2021 and August 2024.

Plus, July 31, 2015 is “National Orgasm Day“!

It has to the first time NOD has happened in a Blue Moon. Wow.


2014 Chinese New Year, ‘The Year Of The Horse’ Begins January 31, 2014 In Boston …

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Hong Kong Association of Washington logo for their Gala dinner. Click to ENLARGE.

Hong Kong Association of Washington logo for their Gala dinner. Click to ENLARGE.

One New Year per year has never been enough for me. I feel terrible for those that just celebrate one and however hard I try, I can’t even come close to fathoming why anybody in their right mind (and I think that that alone is the key) would not want to even celebrate New Year’s on January 1. I have always celebrated two New Year’s per year: January 1 and Sinhalese New Year on April 14. For at least the last 15 years I have also added the Chinese New Year to my list. So that is 3 New Years between January 1 and April 14. That, to me, seems about right. I have, many times, thought about adding the Jewish New Year to this list, but despite much help from my Jewish friends I still have huge trouble trying to work out Jewish holidays. So I am going to stick with the ones I know and observe.

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The Chinese New Year is lunar and solar based!  Damn clever those Chinese. It starts after the 2nd New Moon following the Winter Solstice. So, the Winter Solstice, as we celebrated, was on December 21, 2013. The first new moon was January 1. The 2nd January 30. So that is why the New Year starts January 31. This is early. Last year it was nearly a week later. However, as I explained in multiple posts last year the Chinese New Year habitually spans two Sundays. The first Sunday, in Boston, is celebrated but is NOT the day of the Dragon Parades and fireworks. That is on the SECOND SUNDAY. This year the 2nd Sunday will be on February 9, 2014. That is when you should be in Chinatown, Boston — barring another blizzard like what we had last year. I will, of course, keep you posted over the next 5 weeks.

For now all you need to know is that it is the ‘Year of the Horse’. The New Year starts January 31, 2014. Dragon Parade in Boston February 9, 2014 — not to mention the de rigeur Dim Sum.


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Talk About Absurd. TDS Is Making Me Pay $6.89 Tax For A Telephone Line I Do NOT HAVE!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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If not for the fact that this is actually costing me real money and I have NO CHOICE but to pay it, it would be funny.

In an furlong effort to get more severely needed bandwidth to this house I ended up getting two (2) broadband fiber links from TDS — at a price. This is when it sucks to live in rural NH. You have no choice and what little choices you have are nowhere close to offering you what other folks take for granted South of us. I would love to have Verizon FiOS, Time-Warner Cable Roadrunner or similar. But, alas, we get treated as the country bumpkins the world thinks we are.

Though we have two separate fiber lines coming to the house, we ONLY have one (1) land line. Don’t need more than that. We tend to use our cell phones.

So, when we got the 2nd fiber TDS told me that I can have a 2nd line. I politely declined, and then after keeping me on hold for 40 minutes, they gave me a price for fiber without a phone line‘. It isn’t as if I had a choice. The TDS folks are very nice and I have complimented them often, but as a corporation, TDS, somehow, presents this menacing, ‘we have your lower belly appendages firmly in our iron fists‘, demeanor.

Thanks to the OUTSTANDING support of our local TDS technician, I finally got the 2nd fiber line (and no 2nd phone line). Yes, it was a struggle and it involved 3 phone calls, 4 e-mails and 75 minutes on the phone to get it all sorted — with corporate. What was supposed to have been a Thursday install finally got done Monday. Again all corporate, somewhere in the mid-West, as opposed to the excellent local folks.

Yesterday, I get a bill, in the mail for $6.89.

That alone is strange, because I have electronic billing and pay online. I called corporate. They were very nice, BUT said I have NO CHOICE, I still have to pay taxes on the 2nd land line that I did not want and do not have!

Not much I could do. I could feel the pressure in my lower belly. It was their way or the highway.

Even though my monthly payment to TDS is only due on the 26th of each month, I pay it WAY EARLY, electronically, because they love to say that they didn’t get it and will disconnect my service! Yep, they always go for the lower belly.

So that is it. No choice. I now have to pay $6.89 for something I don’t have or get. It is wonderful. The joys of living in Alton, NH with utilities from TDS, Metrocast and PSNH.

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