You might not be as familiar with the more traditional definition though, which states a full moon is the third of four full moons in one season. It is the third of four full moons in a given season. These don't occur as often as two full moons in a month.
However, there is another type of Blue Moon, called a Calendrical Blue Moon, which occurs when there are two full moons in one month. The ending of astronomical seasons falls at the end of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes and during the Summer and Winter solstices.
The May full moon is known as the flower moon so this year it will a blue flower moon.
The next seasonal blue moon is in 2021.
As Shakespeare gave Juliet to say in the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, "O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable". This gives 11 months with 1 full moon each and 1 with 2.
Of course, the moon will not actually appear blue in color.
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"The blue moon is an interesting bit of scientific trivia for those that keep track of these kinds of things", Chester said.
Finally, can you or can't you miss the Blue Moon? As per speculations, the term originates from an old English phrase that means "betrayer Moon" or a reference to rare events, such as when dust in the atmosphere actually makes the Moon appear blue.
"The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom".
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Blue-tinged moons were spotted for years after the eruption. May 18 also marks the 50th anniversary of NASA's launch of the Apollo 10 mission to the moon in 1969.
So the definition of the Blue Moon comes from there.