Blue Moon to light up the Sky on August 31
The month of August is unique as it brings with it two full moons. The first one was visible on August 1 and the second one will occur on the 31 August.
"Blue Moon" is the term given for the second full moon, when two full moons occur within a calendar month.
The speactacular full moon that is going to light up the sky on August 31 is worth a watch as this is not going to until July 2015.
It is reported that the moon will reach its full phase at 9:58 a.m. EDT Friday, marking the second full moon of August.
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What differentiates this full moon from the rest of the other full moon is that it is capable of changing its colors according to the conditions prevailing. It might look a little reddish too.
The phrase 'Blue Moon' was coined in 1824 and is used to describe occurrences that are uncommon.
A blue moon occurs on an average of 2.7 years. The moon will appear blue when ash is present in the atmosphere from fires or volcanic eruptions. It was in 1999 that such an event occurred.
The moon takes almost 29.5 daysto orbit Earth. it is during which time the satellite go through all of its phases. All the months except February have 30 or 31 days, so occasionally two full moons gets into a single month.
Space.com quotes saying, "Like this August. Or this September, if you live in the Kamchatka region of the Russian Far East or New Zealand. In those locales, Friday's full moon actually occurs after midnight on Saturday, making the following full moon - which comes along Sept. 30 - the blue one."