Friday, 20 April, 2018

Blue moon: Where to watch Saturday's full moon, why is it special

2017nightsky3 Weekend Blue Moon Sighting Will Be Second Of 2018 Second Blue Moon of 2018 Arrives Saturday; It's the Last One Until 2020
Grady Vargas | 02 April, 2018, 11:25

Unfortunately, there won't be a gorgeous robin's-egg orb in the sky the night before Easter (PSA: Easter is this Sunday), just a typical, pearly grey full moon. However, the real lunar phenomenon by the same name will also occur Saturday (March 31) for the second and final time in 2018, according to Live Science. The traditional definition of a Blue Moon was reserved for the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, which happens in years that have 13 full moons instead of the usual 12.

We were already treated to a full moon this month, on March 2.

A similar thing occurred back in January, with a full moon ascending on New Year's Day and another ascending on the 31st of January.

This is due to where February was situated in relation the synodic months, so there was no full moon that month and they fell at the end of January and start of March instead.

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The previous double blue moon took place in 1999; the next will be in 2037, Travel and Leisure reports.

This year's Paschal Moon is indeed quite special, and it also happens to be a Blue Moon. Easter Sunday falls on April 1. Firstly, this weekend's celestial event is the last chance for sky watchers to witness a Blue Moon for the next couple of years.

The first Blue Moon of 2018 happened this January and marked a spectacular celestial event dubbed the Super Blue "Blood" Moon due to its attractive coppery red color.

Don't miss it! The next blue moon won't come around again until spring 2019. Since it takes about 29.5 days for the moon to complete its cycle (an interval known as a "synodic" month), this year the entire month of February passed in between full moons. The only factor the moon would certainly show up to have a blue color to it would certainly be if there was some kind of bit in the ambience filtering system the light as well as triggering it to show up blue. The March Blue Moon has one more meaning that not many people may be familiar with. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.

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