Courtesy: NASA Exploration of the Solar System
A bright gift awaits us in the night sky this weekend! It is the last blue moon of the decade. And no, it will not look blue.
It is called blue moon because it is a relatively rare fact. Now, there are two types of blue moons. In fact, we already had two blue moons this year, January 31 and March 31. These were the two full moons of the month, which is a kind of blue moon.
The blue moon that you will catch in the night sky tonight is a seasonal blue moon. That means it is the third of four full moons in a season. Typically, most stations have three full moons. The last time we had a seasonal blue moon was May 21, 2016. Next time will be August 22, 2021.
So, now you know why it's called blue moon, but where does the moon flower come from?
The reason why the full moon of May is called a moon flower is because the wild flowers bloom in the month of May, so it is called the almanac of the ancient farmer.
The moon will depart at 8:10 p.m. and it will be established at 6:36 a.m. Sunday, so you have plenty of time to capture the full moon with blue flowers.
A fun fact that I learned while writing this blog is that there will be a blue moon on Halloween, October 31, 2020!
Also, as you look towards the moon, you may see the International Space Station flying overhead.
You may have to look through the moon in search of the moon and the pbadage of the space station, but it's worth going out and looking up! Click here for the latest forecasts StormWatch7.