Tonight's blue moon will be last one until 2020

02 April, 2018, 11:27 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Theres Going to Be a Blue Moon Tomorrow

Stargazers are in for a visual treat as a full Blue Moon has risen in the skies this evening.

Saturday's Blue Moon is actually the second one of its kind since the beginning of the year - meaning it is the second time in three months that two full moons have occurred in a calendar month, Space.com reports. However, some calendar years get two blue moons.

There's nearly always a full moon in February.

"The Moon will shift along this line of stars and planets, appearing. near Jupiter on March 7, between Mars and Jupiter, and above the bright star Antares on March 8, near Mars on March 9, between Mars and Saturn on March 10, and near Saturn on March 11", NASA explained earlier this month.

The March Blue Moon, dubbed by some Native American tribes the 'Sap Moon, ' coincides with this year's Easter weekend, which also makes it a Paschal Moon.

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There are plenty of other factors that set the exact date of Easter, including Golden Numbers and when the Equinox falls, so the Paschal Moon is not an exact science.

The exact time the moon will be full will be at 1.36pm BST, although obviously this won't be visible to us. This will be the last blue moon until October 2020, so don't miss it. The January Blue Moon was also a supermoon, and it occurred during a total lunar eclipse. We won't see it happen again until 2037.

Nevertheless, we might be treated to a delightful appearance of a red or orange moon as the celestial body comes close to the horizon, AccuWeather points out.

The monthly blue moon is the second full moon in a month with two full moons. Though the moon can appear blue under certain conditions involving dusty skies or volcanic eruptions, this phenomenon has no correlation to the above definition or the moon's phases.

The very first moon of the month obtains the name "complete worm moon" due to the fact that it shows up around the moment that earthworms start ahead from the ground throughout the springtime period. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.

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