A large blue moon illuminated the night sky Tuesday, Aug. 20, setting a rare scene for stargazers and photogs alike.
The name does not come from the actual appearance of the moon, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette. Instead, it is one of many nicknames for the rare event. It is often also called a Sturgeon moon.
By definition, a blue moon is the second full moon to occur during a single calendar month, or the third full moon of four in a season.
The blue moon is not necessarily more spectacular than any of the other full moons, according to Paquette, so those that missed the opportunity can still catch another bright display later this summer.
The fourth full moon of the summer season will occur on Sept. 19, 2013.
"Full 'blue' moon rising, tonight, near the Fort Point lighthouse in Stockton Springs, Maine," AccuWeather.com Astronomy Facebook Fan Barbara posted with the picture above.
Phull moon in Philly. Finally got the shot I wanted, even if I get that chance once in a blue moon. HDR effect used," wrote AccuWeather.com Astronomy FaceBook fan Edmond Krasniqi.
Photo courtesy of AccuWeather.com Astronomy FaceBook fan Patrick Comins.
"Full Sturgeon Moon (aka Blue Moon of August 2013) with a few thin cirrus clouds - near Dayton, Ohio," AccuWeather.com Astronomy Facebook fan Angie Entingh posted with the photo above.
After a wet September, drier weather will finally arrive in Florida for the new month.
Fall air will erase the record warmth that has been gripping the Northeast, while chilly air is set to charge into the Midwest by week's end.
Locally damaging thunderstorms and flooding downpours may travel across a thousand-mile stretch of the nation through the balance of the week.
Two extreme skiers have been found dead in the wake of an avalanche in southern Chile.
Residents of Japan are facing another tropical threat from strengthening Typhoon Phanfone.
Unusually high water temperatures throughout the North Pacific Ocean have brought sightings of uncommon species to the area as well as concerns from researchers about how it could affect native species.
Tucson, AZ (1983)
Flood waters that left 10 people dead or missing surged through normally bone-dry land today, forcing thousands from their homes, washing out bridges, roads and power and turning a slice of the Desert Southwest into "a raging river". Rivers swollen to record levels burst their banks amid heavy rains swallowing buildings and bridges and causing millions of dollars in damage across a 200-mile swath of Arizona.
Nimes, France (1988)
A total of 7.87 inches of rain in 3 hours caused floods and mudslides. Eight persons were killed. Damage totalled $634 million.
Los Angeles, CA (1995)
High reached 101 degrees.