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
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)

(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.


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T.A.R.D.I.S
Aug 21, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
There is only one full moon in the mounth of august this year that was last year. the last full moon before this one was on July 22 This article is wrong it has to happen in the same month
jfarley
Aug 21, 2013 7:46 AM CDT
The ding bats will be out tonight