Your Last Chance to See a Blue Moon Until 2020 Is This Weekend
Would it be too obvious to make a pun or reference about a rare occurrence that only happens once in a blue moon as a way to transition into this news? Probably...so we'll skip that this time around and just say that those with an eye (or two) to the sky will have a chance to witness the final blue moon of the year this weekend. Those who don't will have a lot of thumb twiddling to do, because the next one won't be until Halloween in the year 2020.
Blue moons by definition are the second full moons to occur in a given calendar month. The last one we saw was on a Wednesday at the end of the January during the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse, while the upcoming regular blue moon will rise this Friday/Saturday (March 31) on the eve of Easter.
"The last time we've seen two blue moons within three months was in 1999," said AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel. In case you're not that quick at math, that means that next time we get double blue moons in that narrow timeframe will be 2037, if the planet still exists by then.
Despite the name, the blue moon won't be cobalt-colored, or any shade of blue for that matter. Samuhel says that the moon will be the same grayish color that it always is, but it may appear reddish-orange near the horizon during sunrise/sunset.
The blue moon's peak will be around 8:37 a.m. on Saturday morning, but for those who would rather sleep in, just look up on Friday night or catch the Weather Channel's livestream from 9-10 p.m. via their mobile app.