Space: Stargazers look for the “blue moon” tonight!

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Florida News: Stargazing tonight’s blue moon

It’s time for  astronomers to get cosmic tonight – you won’t have a chance to see another blue moon until July 2015. The phenomenon occurs once every 2.7 years so make sure you take some time to see it tonight! There’s a special online viewing as well, along with a tribute to Neil Armstrong.

What is a blue moon

The term “blue moon” conjures up a unique blue aura around the planet, but the moniker actually refers to a dual viewing of full moons within the same calendar month.  During a blue moon there are two full moons so for this year, the first full moon of August 2012 happened on Aug. 1. and the second one is tonight. Although the second of the full moon isn’t very different to view, it is an astronomical event.

If the skies aren’t ideal, watch it online

If you don’t have ideal conditions to see the blue moon, you can watch it online at Slooh Space Camera – they’ll have a special feature of the blue moon starting Friday at 6 p.m. EDT. The coverage will be live from the Canary Islands, along with a solar feed from Arizona’s Prescott Observatory. Astronomer Bob Berman, will be joined by Duncan Copp, Patrick Paolucci, and Matt Francis on the show, as part of the programming is a special on the Apollo program in honor of Neil Armstrong, who died on August 12, 2012.

Tell us…

Have you ever seen a blue moon?