Astronomy Tidbits – Year of Weird Moons

Once in two blue moons . . .
Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It - Year of the Weird Moons
We are in a weird year. Usually we have one full moon each month. Not this year!

In January we had two full moons: a full moon on January 1 and a full super blue blood moon on January 31st.

  • Super: Largest at rising due to nearest to earth.
  • Blue: Second full moon of the month.
  • Blood: There was an eclipse seen in the eastern USA, which turned the full moon red.

Did you see it? Lucky you if you did. I missed it, but no worries. I found a video on YouTube:

In February we had no full moons at all, known as a no-moon month.

Now it is March and on the 1st we had a full moon, and at the end of the month we will have another blue moon, second full moon of the month on March 31st.

According to, “We haven’t had a year with two Blue Moons since 1999 and won’t have one again until January and March, 2037.”

According to Farmers’ Almanac, A “No-Moon” month happens about once every 19 years.

Does this Year of Weird Moons worry you? Let’s see what an expert says.

I contacted the moon’s therapist and asked, “Why is the moon acting so weird lately?”

His response: “It’s just a phase.”

Sorry, couldn’t help it. 🙂

Many people wonder if a blue moon is actually blue. The answer is no, the second full moon in a month is not blue. It’s called a blue moon because it doesn’t happen often and it comes from the saying, “Once in a blue moon.”

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It - Year of Weird Moons

Atmospheric conditions can make the moon look blue at times. According to, a volcanic eruption and “other events such as forest fires and dust storms can cause the moon to turn blue.”

What are your thoughts? Are you a moon-and-star gazer? Did you see the full super blue blood moon on January 31st? Did you see the full moon in February (Warning: trick question)? Would you get up in the middle of the night to see a rare astronomical occurrence, or do you value your sleep more?

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6 Responses to Astronomy Tidbits – Year of Weird Moons

  1. I like my sleep.
    I missed the one in January. I think it was cloudy anyway. Maybe it will be clear for the one at the end of this month.

  2. Pambelina says:

    Very interesting information! I was not aware of the moon’s activity much, but perhaps now I will start paying more attention. Thanks for these fun tidbits! 🙂

  3. I totally loved this post Lynn! Yes, it seems like we’ve had plenty of full, blue and blood moons. They’re so beautiful, yes? I especially found the background of the blue moon the most interesting. I had no idea of the background. Although it brought to mind this song. do you remember it? 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Karen. It’s interesting, for sure, to learn about the background info. The song is such a treat! I remember it and I love it, but I didn’t remember who sang it. Thanks so much!

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