See the last blue moon of year in skies tonight

This will be the last blue moon until October 2020, so don't miss it. Before knowing how to watch this second blue moon, let's get a brief idea of what a blue moon is.

It is possible for the full moon to have a blue hue, but it's not likely. NASA says this particular event probably generated the phrase "Blue Moon," but volcanoes aren't the only reason a moon can look blue.

The next blue moon will arrive March 31.

This full moon is known as the "Sap Moon", because it happens around the time that sap from trees is being tapped and boiled down into maple syrup. Yet another super moon is likely to occur in May next year, but this blue moon won't be witnessed again till 2020.

A blue moon is usually the name given to the second full moon within the same calendar month of the year. Now fans of the observation of a starry sky have an opportunity to fix what you see and enjoy the attractive full moon for the second time in a month.

Why does a Blue Moon happen?

There are two definitions of blue moons. Clouds will thicken towards Easter Sunday, so viewing will be easier Saturday night.

That definition was misunderstood in a column in Sky & Telescope magazine in 1946, which after a multi-year game of telephone, led to a whole new understanding of the term as two full moons in a month.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings. This happens about every three years. A clearing sky early Saturday will offer a delightful view of the bright moon. 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.

And two blue moons in one year is an even more incredible event, with the last time Earth seeing two blue moons in one year being in 1999.

It is expected that the moon will visible throughout the night.

Full Moon: March 31, 8:37 A.M. Eastern time in the United States.


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