Full Moons for March 2018: The Full Sap Moon and Blue Moon

Theres Going to Be a Blue Moon Tomorrow

In other words, there are 29.5 days between one full moon and the next full moon.

Because February only had 28 days, this year's full moon carried over to March, confirming the March 31 full moon would be a "blue" one.

When two full Moons occur in a single calendar month, the second full Moon is called a Blue Moon. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month, NASA reports. This happens when a particular year has 13 full moons instead of the usual 12.

Stargazers, get your binoculars ready: a blue moon will grace the sky this weekend, marking the end of what has been a breathtaking month.

March blue moon will also be a "Paschal" moon - the first full moon since the vernal equinox, which signals the beginning of spring. Easter Sunday falls on April 1. One alternative name is the Full Sap Moon, as this is the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow.

The upcoming Blue Moon should not be missed and is important for a number of reasons.

Watch a livestream the blue moon rising on The Weather Channel app at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

Saturday's blue moon will be the last until October 31, 2020. Due to the fact that it happened twice this year, we won't see the phenomenon again until 2020.

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. A large volcanic eruption (ash), or even wildfires (smoke, dust), can cause a reaction in the atmosphere that creates a bluish tinge. "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". For 2018, there are two full moons in January, and there are also two in March in most time zones.

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

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