Cary, NC — On Friday, July 31, 2015, the second full moon of the month will appear in the night sky. This rare occurrence is called a Blue Moon.
First Blue Moon Since 2012
Tonight’s Blue Moon appearance will be the first since August of 2012. CNN explains that, “Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synced, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.”
The next blue moon will appear in January 2018.
What’s a Blue Moon?
In 2012, we published an article about the last blue moon. Hal Goodtree explained that:
First of all, it’s not actually blue. Sometimes, one might see a moon that is blue in the sky, but this is probably from dust or smoke.
The term is recent, though, as Sky & Telescope published an article with the definition in 1946.
Celebrate the Blue Moon
To celebrate the Blue Moon, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Downtown Cary will offer $1 cookies and $1 cupcakes all day (until 6 pm) for in-store purchase.
Or, you can go on a full moon paddle at Lake Crabtree from 8-10 pm. Reserve a canoe or kayak ($5) from the park or bring your own. The lake is open late tonight for the Blue Moon.
Pre-register for the paddle online. Lake Crabtree’s address is:1400 Aviation Pkwy
Morrisville, NC 27560
Story from staff reports. Photo by Aftab Uzzaman.