What's big, blue and bold?
If missed the blue moon this morning, you'll get a second chance to see to see it when it rises at 7:13 p.m., here in Laguna Niguel, according to the Farmers' Almanac.
A blue moon is a second full moon in one month. It happens just once every 2-3 years. The term blue moon has come to represent something that only happens occasionally. The upcoming blue moon gives us an opportunity to think about some bigger goals for us and to put that wish out there.
You can watch a feed here on the SLOOH SpaceCamera. If you're more inclined to watch the real thing, the best viewing is usually away from the glare of city lights.
Viewing is enhanced even more if you can find water like the ocean in Dana Point that will reflect the moon's light. Of course, avoiding cloud cover is a must, so knowing where to find patches of clear sky is key.
Friday's full moon will be the second in August. The first took place on Aug. 1.
The last blue moon was on Dec. 31, 2009.
What's in a Name?
The full moon during each month has a name. January is the Wolf Moon probably because that's when the hungry wolves would come down to the villages to start snacking on the villagers. February is the Hunger Moon when the villagers started eating the wolves.
March brought the Worm Moon. The ground would begin to thaw, the robins would come and start plucking out the worms. April is the Pink Moon when the moonlight would shine down on the fields of flowers and give the valley a pink glow.
May is the Flower Moon and June brought the Strawberry Moon. Then in July, the weather would bring thunder storms and with it, the Thunder Moon. This was followed by August and the Red Moon when the moon seemed to be red in the evening heat.
September is the Harvest Moon, a time to gather up what we can for the long winter ahead. The Hunter's Moon follows in October giving us time to bag a wild boar before they go into hibernation.
November is the Beaver Moon, when it's time to gather a few pelts to make some warm winter clothes. And finally December is the Cold Moon because it's too cold outside to think of a better name.
On the blue moon on Friday take a moment and gaze up at the moon. This is a moon you won't see for another 2+ years. And think to yourself what wonderful, fantastic thing would you like to have happen in your life in the next two years. Make that affirmation on this full moon night.