Clear skies for Amarillo tonight will make way for a pretty good view of this rare occurrence!  What makes the blue moon tonight so different from any other?

Amarillo Globe News did a pretty good article explaining why.

“This blue moon is a pretty rare. Regularly, a blue moon is when there are two full moons within the same month,” Todd Lindley, the Science and Operations Officer at the Amarillo National Weather Service, explained. “This occurrence is because it will be the third full moon within the summer season, which falls between the summer solstice and fall equinox. Normally there are only three full moons in a season, but this one will have four.”

Lindley clarified that a true blue moon happens every seven to nine months and is the second full moon in the lunar cycle of a month. This rare occurrence happens every two to three years."

The best time to get a good look at the blue moon tonight will be 8:45p for Amarillo.  If you're not going to be around a clock, no worries, just look when the Sun is set completely and you'll get to see it.

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