Blue Moon Rising This Easter Weekend Will Be The Last Until 2020

Theres Going to Be a Blue Moon Tomorrow

Theres Going to Be a Blue Moon Tomorrow

The moon might not appear blue at all and just be like any other ordinary full moon.

The second Blue Moon this year is set to light the sky across the world this week end on Saturday night.

Interestingly, this makes us the second blue moon of this year too.

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.

The term blue moon is a derivation from an Old English word for betrayer.

March blue moon will also be a "Paschal" moon - the first full moon since the vernal equinox, which signals the beginning of spring. This year, Easter Sunday falls on the very next day after the Paschal Moon, something that hasn't happened in centuries. To experience two blue moons in one year is quite a rare occurrence and hasn't happened since 1999.

However, Saturday's blue moon will be special because of several reasons. "Squeezing a second full moon into a calendar month doesn't change the physical properties of the moon itself, so the color remains the same".

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

The exact time the moon will be full will be at 1.36pm BST, although obviously this won't be visible to us. The moon appeared blue because of all the dust the volcano lofted into the air.

"Normally we get one full moon in a month but the lunar cycle - the lunar months if you like - are slightly shorter than the solar ones, and so we have an extra moon every now and then", says Bill Boyd of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University. The moon does not turn blue. Enjoy tonight's spectacle, because the next Blue Moon won't happen until October 31, 2020.

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