Blue Moon, Red Planet Pair Up in Night Sky This Month

  • Blue Moon, Red Planet Pair Up in Night Sky This Month

Blue Moon, Red Planet Pair Up in Night Sky This Month

The night of May the 21st will entertain night sky enthusiast with two extra-terrestrial phenomena.

Today's astronomers more commonly use the term blue moon when the full moon is the second one in a single month.

Skywatchers are in for a treat this weekend as spring's third full moon will neighbor a bright red Mars in Saturday's night sky.

Normally there is only one full moon in a month.

Although the name confuses a lot of spectators, it doesn't necessarily mean that the moon will turn into a deeper shade of blue.

Only in rare cases can the moon be tinted blue. However, in areas with forest fires or volcanoes, ash or dust particles in the air can sometimes create a blueish tint on the moon, no matter what phase it's in.

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Blue Moon, Red Planet Pair Up in Night Sky This Month

Hundreds of years ago, people in Britain, Scotland and other parts of western Europe began giving nicknames to each of the 12 monthly full moons, based on the season, Fenwick said. The next blue moon, according to the new definition, occurs on January the 31st, 2018. What's cool about this Blue Moon is it's close approximation to Mars.

The channel said in a video: "Since ancient times, full moons have been associated with odd or insane behaviour, including sleepwalking, illegal activity, fits of violence and, of course, transforming into werewolves". That could make Mars brighter than any star or planet in the night sky.

Given clear skies Saturday night the moon and both planets should be in view for us in the southeastern sky around 10:00 p.m.

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