The blue moon: Frequently asked questions

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jul 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-31 06:13:44-04

Is the moon really going to be blue? No. The moon will look like every other full moon. It won’t have a different color.

Then why is it called a blue moon? The origin of the nickname isn’t clear. But a blue moon has come to mean a second full moon during one calendar month. We had our first full moon on July 2nd. The second will happen on Friday morning, July 31st.

I’ve heard the phrase “once in a blue moon.” How rare is this? Blue moons aren’t really as rare as you’d think. We normally experience a blue moon every 2.7 years.

Will I be able to see the blue moon on Friday morning? Possibly. We are expecting scattered showers and storms overnight. But the skies will be clearing in the morning. Folks on the Peninsulas, Eastern Shore and inland Virginia have the best chance of seeing the full moon as the skies will clear there first.

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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