Every once in a great while, we get to witness a blue moon ourselves. Luckily for stargazers, the August Blue Moon, also known as the Full Sturgeon, will be visible this weekend. According to The U.S. Sun, this month’s galactic show, while is called a “blue moon,” won’t actually appear blue. Disappointing, I know.
The outlet further said that a full face is usually called a blue moon when two full moons appear during the same month. Apparently, the rarity of this event is where the saying, “every once in a blue moon,” comes from. It references something that doesn’t frequently occur.
While we won’t be treated to two full moons this month, the August full moon has nevertheless earned the title of “Blue Moon.” Although it’s our only full one this month, it is, however, the third of four full moons to take place over this summer, 2021. Typically, the northern hemisphere’s summer season sees only three full faces throughout.
While the August Blue Moon is no doubt interesting on its own, it also goes by another name and that is the Blue Sturgeon Moon. According to the outlet, this comes from a historic era when North American fishing tribes saw a major jump in the population of sturgeon fish this time of year. Many of the full satellite’s names come from a historic legend based in Native American lore.
How to Best See the Full Sturgeon Blue Moon
Although going outside at night would be a good first step, there are some important steps you can take to make sure you catch this month’s otherworldly show. According to the news outlet, the August Blue Moon will be visible before sunset on Sunday the 22nd. That is, as long as the sky doesn’t get too cloudy. However, as the night wears on, it will grow to look brighter later in the night.
Additionally, although this month’s won’t be guaranteed blue in shade, certain atmospheric conditions may work in our favor to give the little satellite a colorful tinge. Express said that should the Earth‘s atmosphere contain dust particles larger than 900 nanometers, there’s a chance it could appear blue. In scattering red light, these particles in the air help the natural satellite to appear blue.
While the article discussed atmospheric dust, it appears that this tinge can come as a result of unique weather phenomena. Blue moons also take place after large volcanic eruptions and wildfires. And clearly, as we’ve all seen in the news, the western United States has experienced more wildfires than usual this summer season. The U.S. Sun said that particles can carry the dust with them, contributing to the fact. So if you happen to have clear skies this weekend, be sure to look up at night.