Smithsonian Magazine: A supermoon rises in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2020. NASA / Joel Kowsky
PLANET EARTH - A rare, "Super Blue Moon," will illuminate the night sky between the night of Wednesday, August 30 and the early morning hours of Thursday, August 31.
The moon will rise at approximately 8:30 p.m. EST, but will be visible best between 9:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. EST.
The moon will likely appear yellow or orange in color and not blue; as the, "blue moon" name derives from the metaphorical sense when something is rare.
The phenomenon of the, "super blue moon," contains the combination of two rare traits within one full moon.
The first trait describes the moon as a, "supermoon," meaning the moon will appear to be larger than usual.
The second unique trait is called a, "blue moon."
"Blue moons," occur when two full moons take place within one month. The first full moon took place on August 1.
The combination will likely not occur again until 2037 according to experts as "Blue moons," only occur once every two or three years; however, a "super blue moon," could likely not appear for another 20 years.