Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

What Is a Blue Moon, Anyway?

What Is a Blue Moon, Anyway?

In other words, there are 29.5 days between one full moon and the next full moon. After the blue moon that lit up the night sky on the 31st of January. another blue moon will be on the ascent at this end of the week, on Saturday, the 31st of March.

A Blue Moon is now defined as the occurrence of two full moons in the same calendar month.

The weekend event is also the first full moon of spring - making it not only a Blue Moon, but a Paschal Moon. The result is that the moon appears 30 percent brighter than usual and 14 percent bigger than a normal full moon, according to NASA Science Beta.

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The previous double blue moon took place in 1999; the next will be in 2037, Travel and Leisure reports. It will set at 7:34 a.m. on Sunday, the 1st of April, in the Big Apple and at 7:37 a.m.in the casino city. One alternative name is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow. It will be the last blue moon for the next two and a half years based on the calendar of lunar events.

The Old Farmer's Almanac points out that it's only possible to have a Paschal Blue Moon in March (another impressive fun fact!). The moon appeared blue because of all the dust the volcano lofted into the air.

What is a blue moon?

Instead, it refers to the appearance of an additional full moon in a given time period.

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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.

There are two definitions of blue moons.

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.

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