Blue Moon 2021: What time is the Blue Moon – and how to watch it | Sciences | New
A rare and spectacular blue moon has illuminated the sky since Friday and will be visible until Monday morning. Passionate astronomers shared footage of the awe-inspiring nighttime wonder over the weekend – but there’s no need to worry if you haven’t caught a glimpse of it yet. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to help you see this magnificent sight.
A blue moon is expected to shine in the night sky on August 21, 22 and 23.
The astonishing phenomenon only happens once every three years, which means this spectacle should not be missed.
The last Blue Moon was seen on Halloween in 2020 when the Blue Moon was near red Mars.
These nocturnal wonders are named after them because they are the second of two full moons in a calendar month.
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The next Blue Moon will peak from August 21 to 22 and the moon will again be close to the planets.
The moon should be next to Jupiter and Saturn.
Typically, blue moons occur once every two or three years and the next official blue moon will be in August 2023.
In 2018, exceptionally, there were two Blue Moons in one year and only two months apart, one of which was a lunar eclipse.
The next time there will be two Blue Moons in a year, it will be 2037.
The Moon will appear full for about 3 days at this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making it a full moon weekend.
The full moon will be Sunday for most of Earth, from the Kamchatka, Fiji and New Zealand time zones east to the international date line – the full moon will be on Monday morning.
According to NASA: “As summer continues, the daily periods of sunshine continue to shorten. On Sunday August 22, 2021 (full moon day), morning twilight will begin at 5:27 a.m. EDT, sunrise will be 6:28 a.m., solar noon will be 1:10:51 p.m. when the Sun reaches its maximum altitude of 62.66 degrees, sunset will be at 7:53 p.m. and evening twilight will end at 8:54 p.m.
How to look at the Blue Moon
The best time to see the “Blue Sturgeon Moon” on Saturday August 21, 2021 is:
- London: sunset is at 8:12 p.m. and moonrise at 8:22 p.m.
- New York: Sunset is at 7:46 p.m. and moonrise at 7:49 p.m.
- Los Angeles: Sunset is at 7:34 p.m. and moonrise at 7:36 p.m.
The best time to see the “Blue Sturgeon Moon” on Sunday, August 22, 2021 in the United States
- London: Sunset is at 8:10 p.m. and moonrise at 8:45 p.m.
- New York: Sunset is at 7:45 p.m. and moonrise at 8:21 p.m.
- Los Angeles: Sunset is at 7:32 p.m. and moonrise at 8:11 p.m.
You can also search social media for images shared by other astronomers.