Blue Moon: When and how to see the second lunar phenomenon of March


The skies will be dazzling with a spectacular display

2018 started off with an incredible lunar event, thanks to January’s Blue Moon.

And it looks like stargazers are set for second treat this month with another dazzling display due to take place.

If you like astronomy, find out when March’s Blue Moon is and how you can see it.

A Blue Moon is the name given to the second full moon which occurs in a single calendar month. It’s got nothing to with its colour, as it will not look blue.

The event is incredibly rare – hence the saying, ‘once in a Blue Moon’. It tends to happen once every two or three years, meaning we’ve just been extra lucky in 2018 as there will be two.

The last time this happened was in 1999, and it isn’t predicted to occur again until 2037.

According to, the term Blue Moon gets its name from amateur astronomer James Hugh Pruett.

The Blue Moon will fall on March, 31. You can expect to see it at its fullest at around 1:37pm.

The first full moon of the month took place on March, 2.

If the weather conditions are clear, the moon should sit high in the sky and will be visible to the naked eye.

However, if you want a detailed view, the best way is to use a telescope and focus on the boundary where light meets dark on the surface of the moon.

Astronomy experts define it as when the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun’s rays and it can be bright enough to light up otherwise dark nights. says: “Technically, this primary Moon phase only lasts a moment, the instant when the Sun and the Moon are aligned on opposite sides of Earth.”

In April stargazers will get to see the Lyrid meteor shower between Monday, April 16 and Sunday, April 25.

It is expected to peak in the early hours of Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23.

The Lyrid is considered to be one of the oldest meteor showers known, and it is named after the constellation Lyra.

It’s caused when Earth passes through a region of the solar system where there’s lots of debris from a comet called C/186 Thatcher – which was discovered in 1861.

As the bits of debris from the comet crash through the Earth’s upper atmosphere they vaporise, turning into the colourful meteor shower.

It usually produces about 20 meteors per hour.


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