A Blue Moon Tuesday Night 8/20

Tonight, rising in the sky will be what's called a "Blue Moon", but is it blue?

Tonight there will be a full moon rising, and it's called a "Blue Moon" but the name may be a bit deceiving. It's not really blue. It is fairly rare because there is tonight's Blue Moon, and the next one won't be until 2015.

Back to the name, the Blue Moon was not named because it's blue.

It's also not a Blue Moon because it's the second full moon in the month. But it was names because of the cycle, it's the 4th full moon is a season cycle. It's rare because most seasons contain only 3 full moons.

As the moon rises after sunset this evening, it will look full. However, the moon is only full for just a moment, at 9:45pm tonight. Skies should be pretty clear to see the moon, look in the east sky.

It is a rare sight, and a beautiful sight. I encourage you to step out and enjoy. Temperatures will be very comfortable to be outside.

The Farmers Almanac lists different names for each different months full moon. The next one, the harvest moon is September. That one is always a sight to see.

If you happen to capture a picture of the Blue Moon tonight, don't forget to send it to us, or post on facebook. You can also email it to weather@whsv.com

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