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Mars to dazzle weekend sky next to a blue moon

Posted: 8:47 AM, May 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-20 12:58:04Z
Check out the blue moon and full Mars Saturday
Check out the blue moon and full Mars Saturday

CINCINNATI -- A rare celestial event is about to happen this weekend, and we may have a chance to see it Saturday night. It is called a “blue moon.” Does this mean the moon will turn blue? Unfortunately no, it will not. That would be pretty cool!

The classic definition of a blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. This will not be the case with this blue moon, though. This full moon is called a blue moon because we typically see three full moons in any given season. Occasionally, every three years or so, we see four full moons in a season.

That is what applies in this weekend’s full moon. This is not the only celestial sight to see though.

Mars will be full this weekend as well. Think of it just like you would a full moon. When the entire surface of the moon is covered in sunlight, we call it a full moon. When the entire surface of Mars is illuminated, we call it a full Mars. 

Mars and Saturn will be visible next to the full moon, so get out and enjoy the sights! The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, so hopefully the clouds we see during the day Saturday will get out of here during the overnight period so we can check out this rare event. Happy stargazing!