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Blue moon: Your photos


Staff writers

September 1, 2012 — Did you happen to catch a glimpse of Friday night's blue moon? The Weather Network has compiled some of our favourite photos, as submitted by you.

A full moon in a common sight -- but a blue moon?

That's a whole other story.

According to astronomer Andrew Yee, this event happens sparingly -- approximately once every 33 months.

"It takes the moon about 29.5 days to complete its cycle of phases," he explains.

"A blue moon is the the third full moon in a season that has four full moons."

It's rare for a blue moon to actually appear blue -- but it is possible, due to particles in the atmosphere can scatter the light and give the moon a blueish appearance.

Conditions were clear enough for most provinces to catch a glimpse of Friday's blue moon.

If you missed the phenomenon, you'll have to wait until July, 2015 to catch the next one.

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