Why is it a blue moon?
It was termed a “Blue Moon” because it was the third of four full Moons that occurred this summer in the northern hemisphere. That's the official definition of a “seasonal Blue Moon,” though a more popular definition is of a “monthly Blue Moon” when there are two full Moons in the same calendar month. ForbesIn Photos: A Breathtaking ‘Blue Moon’ And Jupiter Soar Into Twilight Skies Around The World
How rare is a blue moon?
Seasonal Blue Moons are uncommon, occurring about once every two to three years, according to EarthSky. NASA says, this weekend's moon will reach its fullest at 8:02 a.m. EDT on Sunday, but it will appear full for about three days, from Friday night through Monday morning, making it a “full moon weekend.” fox8.comExtra-rare blue moon coming this weekend: Here’s how to see it
What time is the full moon in August?
Here's what to expect. The August full moon rises tonight (Aug. 22), bringing skywatchers a rare seasonal "Blue Moon." The full moon, also known as the "Sturgeon Moon," reaches its peak Sunday morning at 8:02 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT). Space.comRare Blue Moon of August 2021 rises tonight. Here's what to expect.
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Blue moons are already rare, but the one that will rise this weekend—the 2021 August blue moon—is even more special. So dust off your telescope and get ready for a spectacular view.
Here's the thing: The term "blue moon" actually has two definitions, per NASA. The first: It's the second full moon that occurs within a calendar month (because each month typically only has one full moon). And second: it's the third full moon to rise within a calendar season that has four full moons (as opposed to the usual three). Typically, each calendar season consists of three months and therefore, three full moons.
But this summer, which began on June 20 and ends September 22, will have four, making August's full moon a seasonal blue moon. According to EarthSky.org, this type of blue moon only rises about once every two to three years. Unfortunately, neither type of blue moon is actually blue in color.
But wait, there's more! August's blue moon is not only a semi-rare occurrence, but it will also be uniquely long and bright. Although it will reach peak illumination on Sunday, August 22 at 8:02 a.m. EDT, it will rise with an almost equal glow each evening from Friday, August 20 to Monday, August 22, making it a full moon weekend—giving you extra time to marvel at its enchanting sparkle.
When August's full moon doesn't fall into the special spot that it has this year, it's referred to as the full sturgeon moon, named after the large fish that were easily caught by indigenous Algonquin tribes in the Great Lakes this time of year. The moon is also known as the full red moon, the green corn moon, or the grain moon, according to Farmer's Almanac.
August has already been a month full of amazing astronomical events, and even as we're coming close to the end of the month, the stars are aligned for even more celestial wonders. This Sunday, a full moon will light up the night sky, and this one differs from just any full moon.
It's also a rare astrological blue moon. Here's what that means for you.
On Sunday, August 22nd, a full moon in Aquarius will perfect in the sky. This will be our second Aquarius full moon of Leo season, an uncommon occurrence. As such, it’s only right that the stars of Aquarius preside over this lunation, since Aquarians are well known for having uncommon and unique affinities. Rare is the Aquarius who, hearing an opinion, doesn’t gently interject: “Hmm, that’s not how I experience it.” While it may feel contrarian, Aquarians rarely mean to disprove the positions of
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