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July 31, 2015 | Videos
Every heard the expression, “Once in a Blue Moon?” It suggests great rarity. In reality, since the Moon’s period of phases is 29 1/2 days while months usually have 30 or 31 days, it’s obvious that if a full Moon lands on the first day of any month except February it will repeat again at the end.
Turns out, blue moons happen every 30 months on average. Two and a half years. Not so very rare. Once in a blue Moon? Stick around!
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn’t have anything to do with the moon’s color. You’ll be able to view the Blue Moon on the East Coast at 6:42 a.m., which is when the moon will reach its full phase. Other coasts will be able to see the blue moon as it sets in the morning.
This is the only blue moon of 2015, so be sure to check it out while you can. For those who miss it in the morning, you can view it again at 8:10 p.m.
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“In the past, a blue moon was used to mean “rare,” but now the name is given to any full moon that is the second to appear in one calendar month. The lunar cycle is around 29 and a half days, and months of the year are between 28 and 31 days long. The probability of a full lunar cycle, from full moon to full moon, occurring precisely during this time window is therefore not very high. The next blue moon, by this definition, is going to be on January 31, 2018 – around two and a half years from now. There will be another blue moon two months after that on March 31, 2018, after which it will be another two-year wait.” – Caroline Reid
Wondering when is the best time to see the moon in your location? Click here to see the Moon Phase Calendar for YOUR city/state.
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