Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

See the last blue moon of year in skies tonight

See the last blue moon of year in skies tonight

The full moon coming tonight is also considered by some to be the Paschal Moon.

Something special to see early Saturday-the last Blue Moon until Halloween night 2020. Evening Standard reported that most blue moons appear pale grey and white, citing NASA. Based on lunar phases, a full moon occurs every 29 days on the average, or nearly 12 times a year. So it's unusual to have two full moons in a 30- or 31-day month.

Sky watchers should not miss the chance the see the blue moon this Easter weekend. Also, February, which has only 28 or 29 days (during leap years), will never have a Blue Moon.

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.

A "worm moon" rose on March 1, and a rare parade of planets, including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus along with the bright star Antares, lit the sky from March 7 through March 11.

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This full moon is known as the "Sap Moon", because it happens around the time that sap from trees is being tapped and boiled down into maple syrup.

Because a blue moon is quite rare, the lunar event helped to coin the saying "once in a blue moon".

This year, March is showing us an interesting astronomical event - the Blue Moon.

So, we are calling this second full Moon in March the "Full Sap Moon". The phenomenon last took place in 1999 and it won't happen again until 2037.

See all Full Moon names and their meanings. In fact, the month is only without a full moon every 19 years. Yes, we know, people love to give Moons names! The plumes of ash rose to the top of earth's atmosphere turning the sunset and the moon to green and blue all over the world.

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