Blue Moon lights up sky for stargazers; next will be in 2037!

The partial lunar eclipse of a 'blue moon'

Blue moons look pale grey and white and indistinguishable from any other moon.

If we get a break in the cloud cover tonight, sky lovers could see the last blue moon of the year. The event can happen once in 2.66 years and whenever it takes place, the second full moon is called the "Blue Moon".

"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", says NASA.

The super moon phenomenon happens when the full moon coincides with the closest point of the moon's orbit to earth.

This is due to where February was situated in relation the synodic months, so there was no full moon that month and they fell at the end of January and start of March instead.

What is a blue moon?

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March blue moon will also be a "Paschal" moon - the first full moon since the vernal equinox, which signals the beginning of spring. It will set at 7:34 a.m. on Sunday, the 1st of April, in the Big Apple and at 7:37 a.m.in the casino city. Firstly, this weekend's celestial event is the last chance for sky watchers to witness a Blue Moon for the next couple of years.

The last blue moon sighting was on January 31, as part of a super blue blood moon lunar eclipse.

Full moons aren't exactly rare.

Incidentally, there is an older definition of a Blue Moon that refers to an extra full moon happening in a season. The March Blue Moon has one more meaning that not many people may be familiar with. In fact, the month is only without a full moon every 19 years. A large volcanic eruption (ash), or even wildfires (smoke, dust), can cause a reaction in the atmosphere that creates a bluish tinge.

However, despite the name - "Blue Moon" - it is not actually blue.

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