Is the Moon Really Blue?

The truth is that a blue moon isnbt blue at all.B The story goes that EarthSkybs Deborah Byrd happened upon a copy of an old 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope in the stacks of the Peridier Library at the University of Texas Astronomy Department in the late 1970s.

Apparently, the idea of a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month stemmed from the March 1946 issue which contained an article called bOnce in a Blue Moonb by James Hugh Pruett.B Pruett was using a 1937 Maine Farmerbs Almanac, but he simplified the definition. B He wrote:

Seven times in 19 years there were b and still are b 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon.

Afterward, Byrd began using the term Blue Moon to describe the second full moon in a calendar month on the radio. Later, this definition of Blue Moon was also popularized by a book for children by Margot McLoon-Basta and Alice Sigel, called bKidsb World Almanac of Records and Facts,b published in New York by World Almanac Publications, in 1985. The second-full-moon-in-a-month definition was also used in the board game Trivial Pursuit.

So, what does the blue moon on August 31 have to do with telecom?B For this, we need to look to the dictionary.B Blue moon is defined as a long time; “something that happens once in blue moon almost never happens”.

As we watch Isaac move through the gulf towards New Orleans, webre reminded that almost never isnbt good enough when it comes to disaster recovery planning.B In fact, the statistics are compelling.

  • A company that experiences a computer outage lasting more than 10 days will never fully recover financially. B 50 percent will be out of business within five years.
  • An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster.
  • 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year.

So, while we wouldnbt think about going without basic insurance coverage, I imagine that dealing with identified vulnerabilities has been bback burneredb in more instances than webd like to admit.B And, it is likely that there are plenty of unidentified vulnerabilities that are bout of sight, out of mindb.B Donbt let your organization be one of the casualties following the inevitable disaster b that happens once in a blue moon!

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