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Blue Moon To Light Up The Sky For Easter

02 April 2018

The first full moon this month was on March 2.

This year, the night skies of Easter Holiday will be greeted by the second Blue moon of the year.

A Blue Moon is the name given to the second full moon to occur in a single calendar month.

As the second full moon in a calendar month, the March 31 full moon earns the name of blue moon. This year, January had two full moons. Also, February, which has only 28 or 29 days (during leap years), will never have a Blue Moon.

This means that it is the first full moon of the spring season and that Easter Sunday (the first Sunday after the Paschal Moon) is just around the corner. Easter Sunday falls on April 1.

The fourth full moon of the year is also known as a sap moon, because it marks the time of year sap is harvested from trees, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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Contrary to its name, the forecasted lunar event will not actually be blue.

And two blue moons in one year is an even more incredible event, with the last time Earth seeing two blue moons in one year being in 1999. The moon appeared blue because of all the dust the volcano lofted into the air.

Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app at 9:15 p.m. Friday. A Super Blue Blood Moon delighted skywatchers on january 31.

Nevertheless, we might be treated to a delightful appearance of a red or orange moon as the celestial body comes close to the horizon, AccuWeather points out. "Squeezing a second full moon into a calendar month doesn't change the physical properties of the moon itself, so the color remains the same".

This isn't the first Blue Moon we've seen in 2018. That left the short month of February with no full moon, setting the phase for March's two full moons. The upcoming Blue Moon will later be visible to the west as it's about to set.

Blue Moon To Light Up The Sky For Easter