A seasonal Blue Moon

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On the evening of Saturday 18 May, the full moon will be known as the Flower Moon, but it will also be a rare Blue Moon. The last occurrence was only previous year however, when unusually we had two Blue Full Moons in January and March. 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. This is the third blue moon in this season.

If you have been keeping up with the celestial bodies this year, you've witnessed everything from January's "Super Blood Wolf Moon" to April's "Full Pink Moon".

This weekend's full moon will be the third of four this spring, making it a blue moon. The ending of astronomical seasons falls at the end of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes and during the Summer and Winter solstices.

This current end of the week's full moon isn't any old moon, it'll be a blue moon, according to NASA. The next full Blue Moon will occur on August 22, 2021.

One of the reasons you should try to catch this cosmic event is because the moon will be bigger and brighter than your typical blue moon and we won't be able to see another moon like this until August 2021. But, having two moons falling in the same month.

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

According to NASA, the key to a moon appearing blue is to have lots of particles slightly wider than the wavelength of red light (0.7 micron) and no other sizes present in the air. "There won't be color, as the moon will be its typical grayish white".

But, whether it's a seasonal or a monthly Blue Moon, the moon is never really blue. As Blue Moon arose in the skies, people took to social media sharing pictures of the moon.

What is a Blue Moon?

A Flower Moon may indicate the time of year when flowers come into bloom or the "Strawberry Moon" gets its name in June because that is when Strawberries are harvested.

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