Watch out for a ‘Blue Moon’ on Cebu’s sky tomorrow, May 19

By Immae Lachica |May 18,2019 - 05:24 PM

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Take out your telescopes as the “Blue Moon” is set to appear tomorrow, May 19, 2019.

However, the “Blue Moon” contrary to what most might be thinking is not a moon that is blue in color.

According to Mio Aguirre of  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) clarified the earlier explanation about the blue moon. 

Aguirre said that a blue moon would not be the two full moons in a month, but it would be the third full moon of the spring season which would have four full moons.

He said that a spring season in the country would be from March 21 to June 21.

He said typically in one spring season there would only be three full moons, but this season there would be four full moons, which would be what makes the blue moon special, being one of the four full moons of the season.

The term “Blue Moon” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac got its name when an amateur astronomer in the 1980s incorrectly interpreted the term, and since then the second full moon of the month has since been known as the “Blue Moon”.

The ‘Blue Moon” will be visible over Cebu on May 19 at exactly 6:26 p.m and will set at 5:33 a.m. the next day. /dbs

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