Tonight will gift us another full moon in the month of August.
When this happens, the moon is called the Blue Moon.
So, if you only do something “once in a blue moon”, today is the day!
The last blue moon we saw was December 2009 and the next one will be July 31, 2015.
According to stardate.org, each full moon has a name:
- January — Moon after Yule
- February — Snow Moon
- March — Sap Moon
- April — Grass Moon
- May — Planting Moon
- June — Honey Moon
- July — Thunder Moon
- August — Grain Moon
- September — Fruit Moon (or Harvest Moon)
- October — Hunter’s Moon (or Harvest Moon)
- November — Frosty Moon
- December — Moon before Yule
Although we have enjoyed the rain, I’m hoping the remnants of hurricane Isaac will be out of the area by this evening. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, the best time to see the moon rise will be between 6:30-6:45 p.m.
For more interesting facts and folklore about the blue moon, check out http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/moon/3305141.html