A Blue Moon will be visible in the night's sky on Aug. 20. According to The Weather Channel, the moon won't be blue in color despite its name. The moon is actually just rare. In fact, it gave meaning to the saying "once in a blue moon." According to the report, tonight's moon display will be the third of four full moon's this year... but why is it so special?
"When Tuesday’s full moon rises to its peak at 9:45 p.m. eastern time, it’ll be a 'seasonal blue moon' — the third of four full moons in a season. A seasonal blue moon hasn’t happened in nearly three years," The Weather Channel reports.
The Blue Moon doesn't look any different from a regular full moon that you might see on any given night. However, people will still be turning their eyes to the sky tonight to check out this particular view of the moon because it's rare. Also, people tend to look at full moons anyway because they are generally very big and bright and they are cool to see.
In case you were wondering, there have been actual blue-hued moons in the sky in the past. Plenty of people have seen these different colored moons -- after the eruption of volcanoes left ash in the sky that tainted the bright white appearance of the celestial body.
The next Blue Moon won't come until May of 2016.
© Effie Orfanides 2013