#Haikai Challenge #86 (5/19/19) Blue Flower Moon #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

courtesy KTTV 11News

Hope you managed to dry out, haijin! Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. The Dark Netizen
2. Pat R
3. Tessa
4. Janice
5. Jules
6. Deborah
7. Linda Lee Lyberg
8. Revived Writer

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The clouds broke in time. Summer temperatures arose in the New York Metropolitan area this weekend. Therefore, the rare astonomical event known as the Blue Flower Moon appeared unobstructed last night:

(CNN) – May’s full moon is typically known as the flower moon because of all the blooms this month. This year it coincides with a rare occurrence: a blue moon.

Of course, Saturday’s moon won’t actually be blue. And the reason for the name is a little confusing.

A blue moon is the second of two full moons in a month — but it can also be the third of four full moons during a single season. In this case, it’s the third of four full moons this spring. These don’t occur as often as two full moons in a month.

“The name ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the Moon,” Gianluca Masi, astrophysicist and director of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, wrote in an email. “Every two to three years we have 13 full Moons within a year. This way, we can have four full Moons during a given season or two full Moons in a given month.”

This is the last seasonal blue moon until August 2021.

Very rarely, both types of blue moons happen in one year; this will occur in 2048, including a monthly blue moon in January and a seasonal one in August.

excerpt from “Rare ‘blue flower moon’ will appear in Saturday night’s sky ” By Ashley Strickland | 
Posted: Sat 9:39 AM, May 18, 2019  | Updated: Sat 9:41 AM, May 18, 2019

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states, or alludes to, the Blue Flower Moon.

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

I hope you already enjoyed moon-gazing, haijin! If not, here’s to the next Blue moon!

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