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 EarthSky.com, “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.”
Atmospheric conditions can make the moon look blue at times. According to Space.com, 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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Images: Pixabay – KBOutdoors, Myriams-Fotos