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“Once In A Blue Moon” is Actually Tonight, August 31st

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Hey stargazers, you are in for a little treat tonight, Friday, August 31.  We’ll have a full moon in the night sky, and that is a real rarity that last happened in 2009.

It’s going to be the second full moon for August, so it is often called a “Blue Moon.”

No…..it will not look blue.   But that’s most certainly where the “once in a blue moon” phrase came from.  It’s pretty rare because typically, each month only has one full moon.

The last time we saw this was December, 2009.

Actually, the moon will turn precisely full at 13:58 Universal Time – the standard clock time at the prime meridian of 0 degrees longitude.  Make sense?  NOT!  Okay, Translating Universal Time to the time zones in the  U.S., the moon will reach the crest of its full phase at 9:58 a.m. EDT.

That does not mean, of course, that you won’t see a full moon tonight. It will remain full this morning into tonight, but around 10 a.m. today, it will be “precisely full.,” as they say.

So, enjoy your Friday, and especially tonight.  Make it a good one! :)

 

 

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