Once in a Blue Moon
Our Full Moon Friday night will be a blue moon, that is when a month has two full moons. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month. The moon will not however be colored blue, that only occurs if there is dust or smoke particles in the atmosphere from a forest fire or volcanic eruption. The next blue moon will occur on January 31, 2018. A Blue Moon is the third full Moon in an astronomical season with four full moons. There are four astronomical season ins a year … spring, summer, fall (autumn), and winter with three months and normally three full Moons each. When one of the astronomical seasons has four full Moons, instead of the normal three, the third full Moon is referred to as a Blue Moon.
July’s full moon is called the Full Buck Moon because the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon. I have seen a lot of shooting stars the past few weeks, so that is always an added attraction while looking at the night sky. Fishing a full moon can be a great time for many species of fish and of course some people tend to get really weird during a full moon.