There’s a moon mystery that’s been visible from Earth for500 years?and astronomers still haven’t figured it out.

Mark Pilkington writes in The Guardian that in 1540, beforethe first telescope was invented, stargazers in the Germancity of Worms saw a star-like object appear on the moon. In1650, the Polish astronomer Hevelius noted the appearance ofa “red hill” in the north-western moon area, and in April1787, astronomer Sir William Herschel saw so many red lightsin this same crater that he thought he there must be avolcano on the moon. NASA has also recorded hundreds oflight flashes, glows, mists, unusual shapes and shadows, allin the same area. They are known as Transient LunarPhenomena (TLP)?but nobody knows what they are.
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What is a blue moon and is it really blue? We’re going tohave one tomorrow so we’ll be able to see for ourselves.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.Usually months have only one full moon, but occasionallythere’s a second one. But no one knows how these got to becalled “blue.”

It may have started in 1883, an the Krakatoa volcanoexploded in Indonesia. So much ash rose into the atmospherethat the moon looked blue. This effect lasted for severalyears afterwards. People also saw lavender suns and “suchvivid red sunsets that fire engines were called out in NewYork, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven to quench the apparentconflagration,” according to volcanologist Scott Rowland.
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Both the U.S. and China have announced plans to go to the Moon, probably to get hold of the valuable helium-3 there, which would solve the world’s energy problems. While there haven’t been any official announcements about it, the Bush administration clearly realizes there is an impending oil shortage. One reason we’ve gone into Iraq is to secure the oil there. Are we planning to go to the Moon for the same reason?
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If we establish a base on the Moon, how will the astronauts who live and work there survive? When Neil Armstrong was there in 1969, he said, “It has a stark beauty all its own. It’s much like the high desert of the United States.” But he didn?t spend months at a time there.

The moon affected the astronauts who went there in different ways. Buzz Aldrin later fought off alcoholism. Edgar Mitchell became a paranormal investigator. James Irwin became a born-again Christian, searching Mount Ararat for Noah’s Ark.
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