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2017nightsky2 Weekend Blue Moon Sighting Will Be Second Of 2018

2017nightsky2 Weekend Blue Moon Sighting Will Be Second Of 2018

After all, March 2018 began with a full moon and it seems nearly fitting, artistic even, that it should end the same way.

The second blue moon of the year, appearing Saturday morning, will be the last until 2020.

It's even more special to spot two blue moons in one year. A Blue Moon does not actually appear blue; the term refers to the second full moon in a calendar month.

There's nearly always a full moon in February.

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Blue moons generally happen about every 2.7 years, because the number of days in a lunation, which is the span from new moon to new moon, is 29.53 days, just a bit shorter than the 30 or 31 days in a calendar month - 28 days in February. The 2nd will certainly be the "complete sap moon", or a blue moon.

This event was dubbed "The Double Blue Moon of 1999" - and, like this year, also occured because there was no full moon in February. The first Sunday after the Paschal Moon is celebrated as Easter Sunday, as it is the case this year. 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. 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 double blue moon is when two blue moons happen in a row and in 2018 the first blue moon was on January 31. Firstly, it is the last blue moon until Halloween 2020.

Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

So, we are calling this second full Moon in March the "Full Sap Moon". Yes, we know, people love to give Moons names! In fact, it looks the same as any other full moon. The only factor the moon would certainly show up to have a blue color to it would certainly be if there was some kind of bit in the ambience filtering system the light as well as triggering it to show up blue. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.

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