July’s full moons are to occur on Thursday and on the 31st. And the next blue moon is expected in January of 2018. Though that is possible, if the right particles are present in our atmosphere, but rare.
The idea of a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month stemmed from the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, which contained an article called “Once in a Blue Moon” by James Hugh Pruett.
This month has 2 full moons. From early generations, people started to notice that the astrological event does happen every once in a while. Last year, there were none. This change in color is due to the atmospheric condition variations brought about by the ashes from the lava and it has nothing to do with the moon’s color itself.
The first known usage with this meaning was in 1937.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, July’s first full moon is also called the buck moon, because this is the time of year when bucks begin to grow their antlers.
When did you see your last blue moon?
In short, a Maine-Rule Blue-Moon is the third full-moon in a season with four full-moons. Considering the length of a month to be about thirty days, than we can safely say that a year has twelve full moons. However, a fourth full moon in a season happens about every 33 months or so (a little under three years).
Blue colored moons could be more than a saying. The answer depends on which of the above definitions are used.
Again, it’s the second full moon late this month that we will be calling a Blue Moon. Once in a blue moon talks about something that does not happen very often.
July 2015 will sport two full moons, the second being a blue moon.
The major question is: “How can there be thirteen moons in a year?” Now if you actually want to see a blue moon, besides the multitude of filtered photos that can be found online, the natural blue hued moon occurs in areas where there have been volcanic eruptions – like when Krakatoa exploded in 1883, there was a blue moon in many parts of the earth. That seems interesting too!
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