Once in a Blue Moon? Yes! On Friday Night! Share Your Photos!!!

There will be a blue moon Friday night. Here's why it's called a blue moon along with some suggestions for great viewing spots. Let us know where you'll be watching and be sure to share your photos after!


The Associated Press has reported that a private service for Neil Armstrong – the late, great astronaut – will ironically be held be on the same day as a rare “blue moon” occurrence, Friday, Aug. 31.

What is a “blue moon”? According to SkyandTelescope.com, a blue moon can be the second full moon in a month – we had a full moon on Aug. 1– or it can be a full moon signifying the change of seasons; Labor Day traditionally marks a  an unofficial farewell to summer this weekend (even though we're not going to say goodbye until the official end of summer on Friday, Sept. 21.)

Time Magazine says tonight’s occurance has not happened since March 2010 and will not happen again until July 2015. 

According to EarthSky.org, a blue moon is blue in name only so if you want to share a blue-hued picture you're going to have to get crafty (think Instagram).  

We’d love to see your pictures of Friday night's blue moon. How does the big lunar make you feel?

Madison has some great places to watch for the blue moon, including the , , , and any number of neighborhood beaches. Where will you be watching?

Want more moon stories?.

Steve Adkins August 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Whlie the actual 'Blue Moon' is Friday - the coolest opportunity is to get out in a boat about a half mile off Madison Beach on Saturday and watch the Sunset at 7:23 followed by the Moonrise at 7:36 on the opposite horizon. The beauty of the water view is that it comes right out of the water and is still at 99% full.
Pem McNerney August 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Wow. Are you going to be out there? That sounds amazing. Get us a picture?


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