Last 'Blue Moon' of 2018 Rises Tonight! What to Expect

Last 'Blue Moon' of 2018 Rises Tonight! What to Expect

The full moon coming tonight is also considered by some to be the Paschal Moon.

The second blue moon of the year will light up the sky Saturday (March 31).

It's even more special to spot two blue moons in one year.

A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. In some years, Paschal moon is usually designated as Easter Sunday and 2018 is one of those years.

The moon was expected to appear at its fullest at around 1.37am GMT on Saturday, March 31.

The March Blue Moon will also have something unusual associated with it, it will be a Paschal Moon. If you want to see it, watch the sky for tonight's moonrise which will be beginning at 7:25 pm, or Easter Sunday's moonrise best viewed starting at 8:31 pm. In the Old Farmer's Almanac, the second full moon in March is also called the Sap Moon (or the Full Sap Moon), a name bestowed upon it by some Native American tribes to mark that "the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow".

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Contrary to its name, the forecasted lunar event will not actually be blue.

Blue Moon welcomes the auspicious occasion of Easter. Remember the Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31st?

The complete blue sap moon will not show up in some components of the nation.

Full moons aren't exactly rare.

Don't miss it! The next blue moon won't come around again until spring 2019. The March Blue Moon has one more meaning that not many people may be familiar with.

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the Full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. Though the moon can appear blue under certain conditions involving dusty skies or volcanic eruptions, this phenomenon has no correlation to the above definition or the moon's phases. The upcoming Blue Moon will later be visible to the west as it's about to set.

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