The term once in a blue moon has been around for many years. For most people that means that something hasn't happened in years or doesn't happen very often. Which, holds true for origin of the term. We will have a "blue" moon late Thursday night and into Friday morning. This will be the second full moon for the month of July making it a blue moon.
The Blue moon will occur at 10:53 UTC or 5:53 Central time on Friday, July 31st. This is the official time of the full moon, but you will be able to catch a glimpse of a nearly full moon Thursday night.
Just how often does the rare "Blue" Moon occur? The last one was in August of 2012 and the next one will not happen until 2018. In 2018 we will actually get to see two blue moons in one year. Here is a look at the last time that happened.
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