A Patch reader shares images of the most recent "Blue Moon," which occurred on Aug. 31, 2012. Upload your photos and videos now for a chance at this week's giveaway.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The second full moon to take place in the same calendar month -- which most recently fell on Aug. 31, 2012 -- is referred to as a "Blue Moon." According to EarthSky.org, it's a phenomena that occurs about once every 2-3 years. The next will happen on July 31, 2015, moongiant.com reports. Thanks for sharing these great shots of the Blue Moon, Karen! You've now been entered into this week's drawing for a Patch prize pack. Check back on Sunday when the winner will be revealed. Have you taken any interesting photos or videos lately? Upload them now and one of them might be chosen as our next featured photo! Each week we're giving away a Patch gear prize pack to one winner selected at random from the readers whose photos are featured Monday…
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Friday's full moon was the second one to rise during the month of August.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
If you looked up at the moon last night, you saw the last "blue moon" until July 2015. Friday's full moon was the second one to rise during the month of August, following the full moon of Aug. 1. This qualifies it as a blue moon, based on the popularly accepted, but, according to SPACE.com, incorrect, definition of the term. "Blue moon" orginally referred to the third full moon in a season that has four full moons instead of the usual three. But in 1946, a writer for "Sky and Telescope" magazine erroneously reported the second-full-moon-in-month meaning, and the definition stuck. Click here to view a gallery of photos taken of last night's blue moon. Did you capture any photos of last night's blue moon? If so, click the "Upload Photos …