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SMOKY BLUE MOON

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They say yellow and blue make green, but I don't think that will happen to our moon tonight. The blue part of this equation comes from the fact that Tuesday night's full moon will be a "Blue Moon". The yellow part of this comes from the fact that we have some yellowish hazy skies out there, thanks in part to the wildfires back in Idaho. Tonight, not only will the hazy sky make for a beautiful enhanced reddish sunset, but it should also put a tint to the moon, although not a blue tint.

A SMOKY SUN VALLEY IDAHO COURTESY DON NELSON 8/20/13

A moon can be called blue for several reasons. First, a blue moon is defined as the third full moon in a four-full-moon season, the second full moon in a month or is the first full moon in August. Tonight, the moon gets called blue because it's the third full moon this season. The expression "Once in a blue moon" comes from the fact that the situations that cause a blue moon are rare.

After tonight the moon will be waxing, meaning the visible part will shrink away until the new moon stage is reached. Below is a chart of the phases of the moon from one of my favorite websites  www.space.com.

As the Earth and moon orbit the sun together, the moon goes through several ‘phases.' SPACE.com explains the 8 major named phases of the moon.

As you watch the full moon wax away its gibbous, you will have a little more knowledge to impress your friends during the next sky show.

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