You most certainly are familiar with the phrase “once in a blue moon” used to suggest rarity. But what does a full flower blue moon actually mean? Keep reading to find out. On the other hand, besides the full flower blue moon, tomorrow, we’ll also witness other stunning astronomical events.
We’ll have a full flower blue moon tomorrow
A year usually has 12 months, which means we witness 12 full moons yearly. However, every once in a while, a month happens to have two full moons. This occurs because a full moon cycle takes 29.5 days to complete, adding up to 354 days for 12 full cycles, compared to the number of 365 days in a year.
The additional days eventually add up, leading to an extra full moon happening every few years. Since the event does not always happen in the same period of the year, it has been named a “blue moon.”
Other astronomical events will also take place on May 18th
Make sure to keep a close eye on the night sky of May 18th, as it will also be decorated with other visible celestial bodies. Towards the morning, we will be able to observe Jupiter in the southwest, approximately 23 degrees above the horizon. Even more, Saturn will be visible in the south, 30 degrees above the horizon.
Immediately after the sun rises, about 7 minutes after dawn, Venus will be seen low in the north-northeastern morning sky. Another event is happening during the night of May 18th. It’s all about a Near Earth Object, dubbed 2012 KT12, closely approaching Earth. According to astronomers, the object measures between 48 and 107 feet and is expected to pass our planet at 1.0 and 7.5 lunar distances, with a speed of nearly 9,000 mph.
After this year’s full flower blue moon, the next full moon will take place on June 17th, near the end of this astronomical season that ends with the summer solstice on June 21st.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.