Blue Moon 2018 in pictures: Staggering photos of last nights Blue Moon

Blue Moon 2018 in pictures: Staggering photos of last nights Blue Moon

After the blue moon that lit up the night sky on the 31st of January. another blue moon will be on the ascent at this end of the week, on Saturday, the 31st of March. This is the second Blue Moon since the beginning of the year - the second time in three months that two full moons have occurred in a calendar month. A blue moon means it is the second full moon to occur in a month; a supermoon means a full moon which is closest to the Earth.

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 previous double blue moon took place in 1999; the next will be in 2037, Travel and Leisure reports.

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It's also thought to determine when Easter falls, and it's usually the first Sunday after the Paschal Moon (as it is this year).

The fourth full moon of the year is also known as a sap moon, because it marks the time of year sap is harvested from trees, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The rare celestial event will be the last one until 2020. Well, two Blue Moons in one year seem to belie this idea! The first blue moon of the year was noted on 31 January, and it had also collided with a lunar eclipse.

At the time of this Moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the return of robins and migrating birds-a true sign of spring.

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Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app at 9:15 p.m. Friday. This full Moon is referred to as the Paschal full Moon. A large volcanic eruption (ash), or even wildfires (smoke, dust), can cause a reaction in the atmosphere that creates a bluish tinge. The moon does not turn blue.

The monthly blue moon is the second full moon in a month with two full moons. The upcoming Blue Moon will later be visible to the west as it's about to set.

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