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Second full moon in August shines Friday, if weather is good

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published August 31, 2012

August 2012 is wrapping up in usual Southcentral Alaska fashion: It's mostly cloudy with rain and wind forecast right along with near-frosty temperatures. At least the heavens have provided some variation from the norm. If you've felt a bit erratic lately or suspect coworkers of gaping, don't panic. Instead, convince yourself that double full moons this August are behind the sleepless nights, solitary mumbling and awkward office stares.

That's right: two full ones this August. The first shone Aug. 2, the same night Atmosphere played First Tap in Anchorage; too bad most Alaskans likely missed it because of -- surprise -- overcast skies.

Here's to better fortunes on Friday night, which brings a rare second chance in one month act like a lunatic with a somewhat plausible explanation.

August 2012 has two full moons. That’s somewhat unusual. Most months only have one. But in cycles of 19 years, or 228 calendar months, seven to eight calendar months will always have two full moons. In other words, there’s a month with two full moons every two to three years. When it happens, the second one is popularly called a Blue Moon. The Blue Moon for 2012 will fall on August 31 at 13:58 UTC (8:58 a.m. CDT).

Weather willing, a blue moon will grace the Anchorage skyline Friday night. Check out pictures and read more about August's double full moons.

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