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

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

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.

If we get a break in the cloud cover tonight, sky lovers could see the last blue moon of the year. The peak came at 8:37 a.m. this morning, but with clear skies expected tonight, there will be plenty of blue full moon waiting to shine. So, to make up for this lack, March ended up with an extra full moon.

Despite the name, the "Blue Moon" won't actually be blue. February only had 28 days, so it did not have a full moon this year, and the lunar occurrence spilled over to the following month.

There are plenty of other factors that set the exact date of Easter, including Golden Numbers and when the Equinox falls, so the Paschal Moon is not an exact science. It has also been nicknamed the "Sap Moon" by Native American tribes "as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins", according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The reason it's called a blue moon is all about the timing - not the color.

The last blue moon sighting was on January 31, as part of a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse.

Foggy Friday AM To Be Followed By Some Rain, Weather Service Says
The wind will pick up by afternoon with a northwest breeze of 10-15 miles per hour gusting to 20 miles per hour through 6PM. Ahead of the front showers and isolated thunderstorms but behind the front snow is likely by early Saturday morning.

There are two definitions of blue moons. For 2018, there are two full moons in January, and there are also two in March in most time zones. We won't see it happen again until 2037.

The monthly blue moon is the second full moon in a month with two full moons.

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts.

Actual blue moons are often seen after volcanic eruptions.

The next seasonal Blue Moon will happen on May 18, 2019, but per the newer definition of the term, the next monthly Blue Moon won't occur until October 31, 2020. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.

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