Super Blue Moon 2023: The rare ‘once in a blue moon’ celestial event will grace the skies on the night of August 30, so mark your calendars and don’t forget to look up to see the spectacular super blue moon. This Wednesday will be a special occasion as we celebrate Raksha Bandhan during the day and witness the biggest and brightest moon of the year at night. It is expected to peak at 9:36 pm ET or 7:06 am IST. Contrary to its name, the moon will not be blue in colour but rather will appear to be orange in shade. While this sounds exciting, a question looms in the minds of many: What exactly constitutes a blue moon, and how frequently does this phenomenon grace our skies? Fret not, for we’re here to provide you with answers. Keep reading to gain clarity on this celestial wonder.

What is a blue moon?

There are two different kinds of blue moons, but unfortunately, neither one is associated with colour. According to NASA, a seasonal blue moon is recognized as the third full moon within a season containing four full moons, adhering to the conventional understanding of a blue moon. Conversely, a monthly blue moon pertains to the second full moon occurring within a single calendar month and originated due to a misinterpretation of the initial definition.

In line with Time and Date’s perspective, the monthly blue moon has evolved into an accepted definition of a blue moon rather than being considered a misconception. However, it takes the Moon 29.5 days to go through each phase, which equates to 354 days for 12 complete cycles. Since there are only around 366 days in a year, there is only about a 13th full moon every two and a half years. This extra full moon is known as a “blue moon” since it does not fit the standard naming scheme.

 

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