Oct 31, 2020

A Blue Moon On Halloween

Once In A Blue Moon
Pennsylvania Lottery (1990)
The pack of ticket samples that I got on eBay back in August included about 40 different games.  Some of them were more familiar to me than others.  If there was one ticket pictured in the auction that inspired me to go ahead and buy the lot, it was this one.  I'm not sure why I have such a strong memory of it.  Maybe my family just happened to buy more of these, or maybe they hit big on one.  I don't know.  However, I do know that as soon as I saw it, the memories of seeing these sitting on top of my grandparent's microwave came flooding back to me.

Because I have such a strong memory of this ticket, I was going to share it right away, but I thought it would be cool to post it on the date of the next astronomical Blue Moon, which happens to be tonight, on Halloween.

Source: EarthSky.org - Photo taken by Priya Kumar on August 31, 2012

The lunar cycle gives us a Full Moon once every 29 to 30 days.  The term Blue Moon is used to describe the second full moon to occur in the same month.  It's a fairly rare occurrence.  This is the 17th Blue Moon to take place during my lifetime, and only the 9th of the millennium so far.

A Blue Moon on Halloween night is extremely rare.  It hasn't happened since 1974, and it won't happen again until 2039.  You might want to take a moment tonight to stare up at the night sky.  I know I will be, and I'll be reflecting on the fact that my life, and the very world that I inhabit, is merely a speck of dust on a speck of dust in the vastness of time and space.  Kinda puts the whole Covid-19 thing in perspective.