Look Out for a Blue Moon Friday

Grab a Blue Moon beer, put on that old Elvis 45 and spend some time with the sky this Friday. If you miss this blue moon, you'll have to wait until 2015 to capture the moment again.

Once in a blue moon is about to happen. 

Grab your special someone and look up this Friday night for a real blue moon sighting. You could even put on that old Elvis 45 and crack open a Blue Moon beer — don't forget the orange. 

Best time to view is 9:59 p.m., and moonrise is at 7:41 p.m. 

Just don't expect to see the color blue. A blue moon refers to the rarity of multiple full moons in a month or season. That's where the saying, once in a blue moon comes from. Friday's full moon will be the second in August. The first took place on Aug. 1. 

The next one will be July 2015, according to multiple media outlets.

Two blue moons in a month typically occur every 2.7 years, according to the Huffington Post. The last blue moon was on Dec. 31, 2009.

Some other neat facts about the moon in August 2012 from the Farmers' Almanac:

August is the month of the Full Sturgeon Moon. Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.

Edited 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 to correct best viewing time, which originally had it listed in the morning instead of the evening. 


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