Blue moon to rise in night sky
COLUMBIA - A blue moon is expected Thursday night, and into early Friday morning.
This is the second full moon during the month of July. The previous full moon phase appeared July 2nd.
A blue moon, named for its rarity - and not its color - is when a full moon phase occurs more than once in a calendar month.
The July full moon can also be referred to as a "thunder moon", given that it comes in the summer, when thunderstorms are often prominent.
Viewers of the blue moon in Mid-MO will have the best view in the southern sky. Moonrise is expected Thursday at 7:39 p.m., and the moon will set Friday at 6:25 a.m.
The next blue moon won't roll around until January 31, 2018.