Rare Blue Moon Fills Night Sky

Won't be back until 2015

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2013 6:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Photographers were out in force last night to capture a rare blue moon. No, blue moons aren't actually blue (although there have been moons that were blue, most recently in 1950); rather, the term refers to the second full moon in a month, USA Today reports. But wait, you exclaim! Last night was August's first full moon, so something must be amiss, right? International Science Times clears things up: The first (and, in its telling, "most valid") definition of a blue moon is the third of four full moons that occur in a single season. A season would typically have only three, and this extra moon comes about every two to three years. The next will be in 2015.

The moon rises over the New York skyline in its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
The moon rises over the New York skyline in its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A plane cruises in front of the moon in its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
A plane cruises in front of the moon in its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In this photograph taken with a long shutter exposure, gnats are lit up by a lamp as the moon reaches its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Aug. 20, 2013.
In this photograph taken with a long shutter exposure, gnats are lit up by a lamp as the moon reaches its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, NJ, Aug. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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