Wednesday, August 18, 2021

After delighting star showers, now it's time to welcome the Blue Moon

 The Blue Moon will parade through the ecliptic in the celestial vault this August, don't miss any details with this mini guide to observe it.

 After delighting us with one of the most active star showers of the whole year, the celestial vault is getting ready to receive the Blue Moon that will soar through the skies this month of August.  This phenomenon is not very common, although it occurs every certain period of time.  That's why lovers of the cosmos prepare to see it shine in the sky.  Ecoosphere has prepared a small guide so that you don't miss any details on how to observe the Blue Moon and follow this astronomical phenomenon.

  Why is it called a blue moon and what is this phenomenon?

  Although you might be confused and think that the moon will change its color to blue, the truth is that it gets its name for other reasons.  It is called the Blue Moon when there are two full moons in the same month.  And even on some occasions, as in the case of 2021, four full moons parade across the sky in the same season.  There are usually only three full moons for each season of the year, although there are odd occasions like this one, when the universe gives us four full moons in the same season, according to NASA.

 This lunar phenomenon is not very common in the sky, it occurs in the astronomical calendar approximately every five years.  In addition, it adds a little more mystery, since curiously it will not be the fourth full moon of the season called Blue Moon, but the third.  This phenomenon is known as the Seasonal Blue Moon.

 When will the Blue Moon be seen?  Date and time

  The next Blue Full Moon will rise from the sky on August 22, 2021, just as the sun sets.  We will be able to see our natural satellite appearing from the east at 7:51 pm Mexico City time.  It will parade as usual along the ecliptic, the imaginary line where the planets, our main star and the Moon intersect, from east to west.

 If time permits and clouds do not play their role in the celestial vault, the Full Blue Moon can be seen with the naked eye.  Arriving on August 22, just locate the east, which is where the sun rises, and make your way west, where it sets.

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