This is the CSIRO Parkes Observatory, one of three tracking stations tasked with transmitting the live telecast of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.
On Monday, July 21, 1969, at 12.56 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time, I was among the estimated 600 million people watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
Two generations ago, someone stood there for the first time.
This day, 50 years ago, was the eve of the historic landing on the Moon.
I’ve caught a ‘Blue Moon’ more often than these two in the night sky once.
My body clock failed to wake me, choosing instead to remain in ‘snooze’ mode.
I was out of bed today in time to catch the Moon (on high) this morning.
Even though today, the phrase Once in a Blue Moon implies an event that happens rarely, the event itself isn’t the origin of the phrase. (Phew!)