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Rare Blue Moon, the last until 2023, wows stargazers (photos)

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The August Sturgeon full moon rises behind the Hortiatis mountain and Thessaloniki city in Greece, on Aug. 22, 2021.

The full moon rises behind the Hortiatis mountain and the city of Thessaloniki in Greece, on Aug. 22, 2021. (Image credit: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The full moon shines over the Church of St Catherine (left) and St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 21, 2021.

The full moon shines over the Church of St. Catherine (left) and St Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 21, 2021. (Image credit: Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images)
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The Sturgeon Moon appears over Idlib, Syria on Aug. 21, 2021.

The Full Sturgeon Moon appears over Idlib, Syria on Aug. 21, 2021. (Image credit: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The August Sturgeon full moon rises behind the Hortiatis mountain and Thessaloniki, Greece, on Aug. 22, 2021.

The full moon rises behind the Hortiatis mountain and the city of Thessaloniki in Greece, on Aug. 22, 2021. (Image credit: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The full Sturgeon Blue Moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Aug. 22, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey.

The full Sturgeon Blue Moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Aug. 22, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
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The full Sturgeon Blue Moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Aug. 22, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey.

The full Sturgeon Blue Moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Aug. 22, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
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A 92% illuminated waxing gibbous moon rises above lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center ahead of the Full Sturgeon Moon and Blue Moon in New York City on Aug. 19, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey.

A 92% illuminated waxing gibbous moon rises above lower Manhattan ahead of the Full Sturgeon Moon and Blue Moon in New York City on Aug. 19, 2021, as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Image credit: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
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The full moon rises over the city of St Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 21, 2021.

The full moon rises over the city of St Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 21, 2021. (Image credit: Peter Kovalev/TASS via Getty Images)
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The Blue Moon is seen at the Independence Monument in São Paulo Brazil, on Aug. 22, 2021.

The Blue Moon is seen at the Independence Monument in São Paulo Brazil, on Aug. 22, 2021. (Image credit: Amauri Nehn/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The full moon shines over St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia 21, on Aug. 21, 2021.

The full moon shines over St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia 21, on Aug. 21, 2021. (Image credit: Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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A plane flies past the full moon over Ankara, Turkey on Aug. 22, 2021.

A plane flies past the full moon over Ankara, Turkey on Aug. 22, 2021. (Image credit: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Jupiter and Saturn are seen as the full moon rises over a burning hillside in the Sequoia National Forest near Lake Isabella, in Kern County on Aug. 21, 2021 where the French Fire continues to burn in a heavily wooded area with 12,037 acres burnt and evacuation orders in place for nearby residents.

Jupiter and Saturn are seen as the full moon rises over a burning hillside in the Sequoia National Forest near Lake Isabella, in Kern County, on Aug. 21, 2021. (Image credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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The moon rises with Saturn and Jupiter on Aug. 21, 2021 in Korla, China.

The moon rises with Saturn and Jupiter on Aug. 21, 2021 in Korla, China. (Image credit: Xue Bing/VCG via Getty Images)

A rare seasonal “Blue Moon” wowed skywatchers Sunday (Aug. 22), marking the last time this type of moon will grace the sky until 2023.

The full moon, also known as the “Sturgeon Moon,” was not called blue for its color. Rather, it has to do with a scheduling rule that happens during a calendar year with 13 full moons, instead of the usual 12. 





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