Unique blue moon over Central Indiana tonight

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You’ve probably noticed it the last few nights, the moon has been getting closer and closer to the full stage.  The moon is officially full at 9:45 PM and you’ll definitely be able to take in the brilliant sight with mostly clear skies.

Each month, the full moon is given a different name. This month, it’s called the Full Sturgeon Moon.  According to the Farmers’ Almanac, native fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon.  Sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes, were caught more frequently and in larger numbers during this month.

But this isn’t the only name given to the full moon this month.  A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon.  This was due to the fact that the moon would look reddish as it rose in the sultry, summer haze.  But that’s not it!  It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

But wait, there’s more!  Did you know that some even consider tonight’s full moon a blue moon?  Traditionally, the phrase “blue moon” is used to describe the 2nd full moon in a calendar month.  The full moon tonight will be the 1st and only full moon this month.  So this doesn’t fulfill the definition of blue moon.  But I’m also seeing that historically, the term blue moon is also given to a moon that’s the 3rd in a season of 4 full moons.

Confusing, right?  Here’s what it means.  Typically in a given season, we see 3 full moons.  But for this summer season, we are actually seeing 4 full moons between the summer solstice and the fall equinox.  So when this does happen, the 3rd moon of 4 is given the name “blue moon”.

If you want to learn more about the blue moon distinction and where the phrase even came from, check out this great article from The Farmers’ Almanac: BLUE MOON.