Singaporeans have another thing to look forward to, a blue sturgeon moon scheduled for Aug. 22, just a day after the late National Day Parade 2021.
August 22 marks the end of the Hungry Ghost Festival. This two-week event is recognized as the peak of the seven-month-long seventh month.
Which time and where are you?
According to Time and Date, the blue moon will rise at 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 22.
The full moon will still be visible at 8:01 p.m.
You might be able to see the blue moon if the weather is clear.
Except that the blue moon isn’t blue in color.
The full moon will appear orange as it rises before becoming pale yellow on its ascent.
It is called a “blue moon” because it has a unique appearance.
Blue moons have been around for more than 400 years.
The term “blue moon” may be derived from smoke and ashes that resulted from a volcanic eruption.
A blue moon could be either a monthly or seasonal moon.
These moons are not blue, however.
Blue moons seasonally
A seasonal blue moon is a period in which four full moons fall within a time span of three months.
In such cases, the seasonal blue Moon refers to the third full lunar cycle in the sequence of four full moons.
This occurs once every two and a half years.
Its name is derived from the Farmer’s Almanac, an annual publication that predicts the weather in the U.S.A and Canada, among other informational tidbits.
This term was used to refer to the 13th full moon that did not interrupt the regularly scheduled lunar cycle farmers used.
Blue moon monthly
On the other hand, the monthly blue moon is a sign that people have moved away from agricultural practices in modern times.
This applies to full moons that occur twice in the same month. It specifically refers to the second full moon.
The term is believed to have been invented as a mistake by an amateur astronomer who misinterpreted the original definition in 1946.
The term blue moon has been used in a wider variety of contexts, despite this.
This definition states that a monthly blue Moon is more common and will happen approximately every two to three years.
It is called a “sturgeon moon” because of its size.
This is where you will see that the sturgeon moon has no resemblance with the sturgeon fish.
The sturgeon moon is specifically named because of the abundance of fish in North America’s rivers and lakes.
August’s full moon is also known by many other names, such as grain moon (green corn moon), fruit moon, and barley moon. These names are all inspired by August’s ripe harvest.
What’s the point of bizarre names?
The average moon cycle takes 29.5 days.
This means that between the full moon and the next is 29.5 days.
Humans used to depend on the moon’s movements to track time in the past. This was before the technology existed.
The name full moons are cleverly tied to the month’s weather, plants, and animals.
The strawberry moon, for example, marks the harvesting season of strawberries. It occurs in June.
Next blue moon
“Once in the blue moon” was not a slang term. The next seasonal blue moon will occur on Aug. 19, 2024. This is nearly three years later.
Rarer is a double blue moon. This refers to a monthly blue lunar event or two full moons that occur in January and February.
The next one will be 16 years later, in 2037.