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Blue Moon Tonight as Armstrong Laid to Rest

Last one was in 2009. Next will be in 2015.

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A blue moon arrives on the same day that Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was laid to rest. Coincidence? 

It could be argued that the heavens — and Armstrong's family, friends and many fans — think not. In announcing Armstrong's death last week at the age of 82, his family asked: When people "see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

The humble space cowboy who never capitalized on his celebrity was laid to rest at a private service Friday in suburban Cincinnati, according to the Associated Press. Also occurring Friday: a so-called blue moon, a rare lunar event in which two full moons occur during a single calendar month.