Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Blue Moon To Light Up The Sky For Easter

Blue Moon To Light Up The Sky For Easter

Some folks are calling this second full Moon the "Blue Sap Moon".

Saturday's moon is also called the "full sap moon".

When can I see the blue moon?

A blue moon is not as rare as the expression "once in a blue moon" implies.

The March Blue Moon will also have something unusual associated with it, it will be a Paschal Moon.

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An alternative name for March's full Moon is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.

"Most Blue Moons look pale gray and white, indistinguishable from any other moon you've ever seen", NASA stated. 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. Since full moon occur every 29 days, it is sometimes really hard to note the two full moons to be falling within the same calendar month. Enjoy tonight's spectacle, because the next Blue Moon won't happen until October 31, 2020. But, in 1883, the moon appeared bluish when the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia erupted.

The older - and still valid - definition of a blue moon comes from the Maine Farmers' Almanac. Indeed, this year, the Easter is celebrated on April 1, the next Sunday after the "Paschal" moon.

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. For 2018, there are two full moons in January, and there are also two in March in most time zones.

According to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam, people living in the South, Southwest and West Coast have the best chance of seeing the blue moon.

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This is not the only lunar showstopper that has taken place so far this year.

The 2nd moon of the month is readied to show up overhead Saturday early morning in the US, making it a blue moon.

"The last time we've seen two blue moons within three months was in 1999", said AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

The month of March is ending in style, treating sky gazers to the second Blue Moon since the beginning of the year. It will peak at around 8:37 a.m.

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