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Season 2012/13

Once in a Blue Moon...

  • 31 August 2012 10:08
  • Posted by Chris Nield

Tonight will see the rising of a Blue Moon, but unfortunately for City fans, it is highly unlikely that this rare astrological phenomena will light up the night sky with our famous home colour.

In fact, the term 'Blue Moon' is the name given to the second full moon to occur in the same calendar month - with the first on this occasion taking place on 1 August.

Tonight's moon will appear no different in colour than normal, although possibly brighter depending on where you live. 'Blue Moon' refers more to the rarity of the event and descends from the old English word 'belewe' meaning 'betray' or 'false', although there are many theories on where the phrase 'once in a blue moon' comes from.

It's such a rare event that the next Blue Moon will not take place until July 2015 with the last one occurring back on New Year's Eve 2009.

City's famous terrace anthem 'Blue Moon' is one of the most well-known and well-sung in the footballing cosmos, and City historian Gary James believes it was first belted-out by the travelling Blues faithful at Anfield back in 1989.

it was the Liverpool match when it was first sung. During that season it grew game after game, and by the time Niall Quinn joined the club it had become our anthem

...Gary James

Stargazers in the UK can enjoy tonight's lunar spectacular from 7:17pm when the moon rises.

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