Here's What You Need to Know About Tonight's Blue Flower Moon

Including the gear to help you catch the best views.

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Tomorrow night you'll be able to see a rare Blue Flower Moon. The Moon will be at its fullest on Saturday evening, but will appear full tonight and Sunday evening, too.

Here's what you should know.


What is a Blue Moon?

A blue moon—incorrectly believed to be the second full moon of a given month—tends to look like your standard full moon and can, under specific atmospheric conditions, give off a slightly blue tint. Just don't take the name to heart, because a blue moon is never truly blue in color.

However, it's important to note that the third of four full moons in a given season is a true blue moon—an astronomical blue moon.

What is a Flower Moon?

We refer to the Moon as a 'Flower Moon' (it's also sometimes called a Corn Planting Moon or a Milk Moon) when its orbit places it directly between the Earth and the Sun.

What's Special About This Blue Flower Moon?

The Blue Flower Moon we'll see tomorrow is a 'seasonal blue moon' (a true, astronomical blue moon); in our case, the third blue moon of spring 2019.

One of the reasons you should try to catch this cosmic event is because the moon will be bigger and brighter than your typical blue moon and we won't be able to see another moon like this until August 2021.

The most recent astronomical blue moon occurred in May 2016.

Where Can I Catch the Best Views of the Blue Flower Moon?

The Moon will be full at 5:11 p.m. (EST) and will begin to rise around 8 p.m. (EST). Your best bet for catching an awesome view of the Blue Flower Moon is to wait until the sun has set and it's fully dark out.

You can watch a livestream of the Blue Flower Moon , or head outside with any of our recommended gear and get a close and personal look at our natural satellite in all its glory.

If you're limited on storage space, consider binoculars in lieu of telescopes.

If the idea of owning a telescope excites you and you've got the room to store it, consider some of our top picks.

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