This evening, take a look up at the sky to catch a glimpse of the second full moon this month! The first full moon occurred on August 1st and this evening you can witness the very rare “Blue Moon” which reached its full phase at 9:58am this morning.
These rare blue moons exist due to the fact that our calendar months aren’t perfectly synched to the lunar months. It takes 29.5 days for the moon to orbit the earth, during which sky watchers observe its various phases.
Aside from February, all calendar months have 30 or 31 days resulting in the occasional two full moons within a single month.
This has been an interesting year for moons. Back on May 5th, many witnessed the Super Moon where the full moon appeared much larger due to its close proximity to the earth. Its fullness combined with its perigee (meaning it reached its closet point to Earth in orbit) made the moon’s appearance extra pronounced.
Enjoy your weekend! You never know what can happen “once in a blue moon!”