Get your cameras ready: ‘Once in a blue moon’ comes Saturday night

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CLEVELAND – “Once in a blue moon”….we have a blue moon.

Most often, the term blue moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. But it can also refer to the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. (Most seasons have only three full moons.) But once about every 2.7 years, another full moon sneaks in and the third time it rises, it is called the blue moon.

That third moon is showing up tonight, Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Sunset is 8:45 p.m. here in Cleveland (head to our Fox 8 weather page for all the info).

For the record, this blue moon is also called the Full Flower Moon, because it means that the summer flowers will soon be blooming.

And no, the moon won’t be blue in color, but it’s going to be quite the sight, so we want to see your pictures of May’s Blue/Full Flower Moon. You can click on the red bar below to submit them, or email them to tips@fox8.com.

If you want to watch the moon-rise with a live commentary, Space.com is doing just that starting at 8 p.m. Click here for more information. 

Oh, and if you’re out looking, Mars will be closer to earth than it normally is, Jupiter and Pluto are also slated be easily seen in the sky!

Happy viewing! Send us those pictures.