The full moon shows up for a second time in March on 31.
Because February only had 28 days, this year's full moon carried over to March, confirming the March 31 full moon would be a "blue" one. This is the second Blue Moon since the beginning of the year - the second time in three months that two full moons have occurred in a calendar month. Evening Standard reported that most blue moons appear pale grey and white, citing NASA.
A similar thing occurred back in January, with a full moon ascending on New Year's Day and another ascending on the 31st of January. Though as the name suggest, the moon won't completely be blue.
This means that it is the first full moon of the spring season and that Easter Sunday (the first Sunday after the Paschal Moon) is just around the corner.
A "worm moon" rose on March 1, and a rare parade of planets, including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus along with the bright star Antares, lit the sky from March 7 through March 11. A year's worth of lunations totals 354.36 days versus the 365.24 days in a calendar year, and that difference builds until there are 13 lunations in a year, producing what we call a blue moon.
If the full moon is below the horizon from your location, don't worry.
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Others hoping to catch the last blue moon until 2020 may be disappointed.
There won't be another blue moon until October 31, 2020. The phenomenon last took place in 1999 and it won't happen again until 2037.
Nevertheless, we might be treated to a delightful appearance of a red or orange moon as the celestial body comes close to the horizon, AccuWeather points out. The March Blue Moon has one more meaning that not many people may be familiar with.
"Normally we get one full moon in a month but the lunar cycle - the lunar months if you like - are slightly shorter than the solar ones, and so we have an extra moon every now and then", says Bill Boyd of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University.
The moon doesn't really turn blue on a blue moon. The moon will be visible in United Kingdom at 7:30pm.