Tonight’s full moon is the third of four that will occur this summer. Thus is the alternative and older definition of a Blue Moon.The modern definition of a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
Either way, it’s a blue moon and a relatively rare occurrence.
This full moon is called a Sturgeon Moon. According to the old Farmer’s Almanac, tribes near the Great Lakes named this moon, identifying it as the best season for catching sturgeon.
I live in under a canopy of oaks. When I first looked for the moon this evening, it was invisible, behind the trees. When finally it was almost directly overhead — for about 90 seconds — I could see it though it was only a partial view. My lens was trying so hard to figure out on what to focus. With the leaves in the way, it could not quite get a fix on the moon, nor in the dark could it get a fix on the leaves. In that light, with my vision, manual focus was not in the equation.
But … that doesn’t mean the pictures aren’t interesting.
I tried as many settings as I could within such a short period. The pictures are interesting. Not traditional pictures of a full moon. Anyway, you can see plenty of them all over the Internet tonight. On the other hand, I’ll bet no one else’s moon shots look quite like these 🙂
- Full moon will be called Blue Moon, among many names (wtvr.com)
- Look up: Rare lunar phenomenon happens only once in a blue moon (theprovince.com)
- Once in a blue moon, that’s tonight (o.canada.com)
- There’s a Blue Moon Tonight But Not Because of What You Think (io9.com)
- Full Moon: Tomorrow’s Blue Moon Not Happening Again Until 2015 (scienceworldreport.com)
- Tuesday full moon is seasonal blue moon (newsnet5.com)