We’ve all heard the phrase, “once in blue moon,” but have we ever actually seen this so-called blue moon? Well, now you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones, because this August we will get to see one!
A blue moon is not necessarily blue, but it’s when two full moons appear within one month, WTVR reports, with the second being called a “blue moon.”
The first full moon can be seen on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and the second will appear on Friday, Aug. 31.
Space.com’s Joe Rao said a blue moon occurs more often, than not. It occurs once every 2.66 years and in 1999 it appeared twice within three months.
Rao also revealed most people will see the two full moons in August, but with one unique exception. The second moon will go full on Aug. 31 at 9:58 a.m. EST, but for those living in the region of Russian Far East and New Zealand they won’t experience it until Sept. 1, after midnight. Technically, those regions of the world will have a blue moon in September, since our second moon will be their first.
The last time two full moons appeared in the same month was in August 2008. Is it a coincidence that this year’s will happen in August? Rao believes there is a connection and in most cases should appear at the same time as the last blue moon, four years later.
Be sure to get your cameras and binoculars ready, because this won’t happen again until July 2015. Rao also notes that a set of two full moons also appeared in July 2011, four years later just like the moons in August.
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