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    PHOTOS: Rare Blue Moon Illuminates Night Sky

    By by Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 23, 2013, 7:00:50 AM EDT

    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.

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    Photo courtesy of AccuWeather.com Astronomy FaceBook fan Brian Drourr.

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