Where to watch Saturday's full moon, why is it special — Blue moon

2017nightsky3 Weekend Blue Moon Sighting Will Be Second Of 2018

All things considered, it's not only a conventional full moon - it's the second full moon of March 2018, which makes it a "blue moon".

The 2nd moon of the month is readied to show up overhead Saturday early morning in the United States of America, making it a blue moon.

A blue moon is usually the name given to the second full moon within the same calendar month of the year.

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. The result is that the moon appears 30 percent brighter than usual and 14 percent bigger than a normal full moon, according to NASA Science Beta. We haven't had a year with two Blue Moons since 1999 and won't have one again until January and March, 2037.

March blue moon will also be a "Paschal" moon - the first full moon since the vernal equinox, which signals the beginning of spring.

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This full moon is known as the "Sap Moon", because it happens around the time that sap from trees is being tapped and boiled down into maple syrup.

Here are just some of the best pictures of last night's incredible celestial event. This full Moon is referred to as the Paschal full Moon.

Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

Actual blue moons are often seen after volcanic eruptions. The last Blue Moon was an extra special one, as it coincided with a "supermoon" and a total lunar eclipse. The only factor the moon would certainly show up to have a blue color to it would certainly be if there was some kind of bit in the ambience filtering system the light as well as triggering it to show up blue. In fact, it looks the same as any other full moon. The March Blue Moon has one more meaning that not many people may be familiar with. The upcoming Blue Moon will later be visible to the west as it's about to set.

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