The first Blue Moon since 2012 graced the nighttime skies on Friday night into Saturday morning and observers across the world were able to capture the rare phenomenon.
A Blue Moon is not dubbed as such for its color, but refers to the second full moon in a calendar month or the third full moon of four in a season. The first full moon of the month occurred on July 2.
The moon was at its fullest at 6:43 a.m. EDT on Friday morning but was visible through Friday night for regions with clear skies.
Those who missed the opportunity to witness the Blue Moon this time will have a chance again in 2018.
#BlueMoon tonight! According to modern folklore, second full month in a month is "blue." http://t.co/oO1rpJV0ak pic.twitter.com/xajdOMWAnc— NASA (@NASA) August 1, 2015
Space Weather Gallery: Blue Moon From Atacama Desert http://t.co/XmKGUH8Nt6 pic.twitter.com/BHDVRnOz0U— The SETI Institute (@SETIInstitute) August 1, 2015
BEAUTIFUL #BlueMoon shot taken at the Kissing Camels at #GardenOfTheGods! (Photo from: Forrest Boutin Photography) pic.twitter.com/HIG5pXH0KK— Emily Roehler (@EmilyRoehler) July 31, 2015
DJ tent under Blue Moon last night at http://t.co/grjAJQ2v8u @nilerodgers @FOLDfest http://t.co/HTvLPBpkft pic.twitter.com/2QVUzTyPue— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) August 1, 2015