This year has seen some spectacular celestial events, from a total lunar eclipse to a trio of Super Moons. And 2019 is about to witness another incredible astronomical event, the Full Flower Moon. Also known as the Blue Moon, this breathtaking sight will not appear again for another two years. Related articles
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During Native American and colonial times … the May full moon marked a time of increasing fertilityThe Old Farmers AlmanacThe Blue Moon will rise in the UK’s skies Saturday evening, around 10.21pm BST.The Moon’s arrival will coincide with the arrival of the May Full Moon – commonly called the Flower Moon.
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Flower Moon: Mays Full Moon illuminates the Taj Mahal (Image: Getty)What is a Blue Moon?A Blue Moon rarely appears blue in the night sky, although that is not to say it never does.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the modern understanding of Blue Moons did not actually stick until the 1980s.In essence, there are two types of Blue Moons we can witness.Seasonal Blue Moon: Each season has three full moons, but occasionally a season can have a fourth full moon.When this happens, such as this year, the fourth Full Moon of the season is called a Blue Moon.
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The moon actually takes around 29.5 days to complete its lunar cycle.So the month’s first Full Moon occurs on the first of the month, the second can return at the end.Why is the May Full Moon called the Flower Moon?This weekend’s Blue Moon is of the seasonal variety, because it is the third of four full moons to take place in spring.
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Flower Moon: The Blue Moon will rise on Saturday, May 18 (Image: Getty)
Flower Moon: Each month’s Full Moon receives a traditional name (Image: Getty)And as The Old Farmer’s Almanac reports, this Blue Moon will be a Full Flower Moon.
.It states: “During Native American and Colonial times … the May full moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough.....