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Space: May's Full Flower Moon Saturday Is a 'Blue Moon'

Space: May's Full Flower Moon Saturday Is a 'Blue Moon'”

From the 21st March to 21st of June, it will be full moon of the fourth full moon in three months, hence it has been named Blue Moon. Usually there are three full moons in a season, each with a name (like the "flower moon") to symbolise a certain part of the year. The third of the four full moons is called the blue moon. This spring though, which runs March 20th - June 21st, will have 4 full moons.

Skygazers have something to cheer, as the full moon in May, popularly known as the flower moon will grace the skies with its full beauty in the night of May 18.

A BLUE MOON will cast its eerie glow over the twilight tomorrow night, harking back to ancient Full Moon rituals and beliefs, NASA has astonishingly announced.

The most recent astronomical blue moon occurred in May 2016. The next seasonal blue moon won't come until August of 2021.

And according to United States space agency NASA, there is a lot more going on with the Full Moon than we might expect.

Depending on the tribe, the moon is also called the "Mother's Moon", "Milk Moon", and "Corn Planting Moon", according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

In the July 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, a Question & Answer-column referenced the term Blue Moon.

A "Blue Moon" is the infrequent phenomenon of an additional full moon within a given period.

May only has one full moon, and that falls on Saturday the 18th.

Neither actually involves the moon turning blue. "There won't be color, as the moon will be its typical grayish white". The term was coined after rare events in the past in which dust in the atmosphere made the moon seem blue.

Is a Blue Moon really blue?

So be sure to look up: On May 18, the full moon will appear opposite the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 5:11 PM EDT.

In Maryland and Washington, DC, for example, the ISS will be visible at about 9:27 p.m. on Saturday, and will look "similar to an airplane crossing the sky", the Post said.



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