Kent Coast Sea Fishing Compendium

Moon Phases, Spring
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Blue Moon

A Blue Moon is the second of two full Moons in a single calendar month. A full Moon occurs roughly every 29½ days and on the rare occasions when the full Moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month.

Year First Full Moon Blue Moon
2023 1st August 31st August
2026 1st May 31st May
2028 2nd December 31st December
2031 1st September 30th September
2034 1st July 31st July
2037 2nd January 31st January
2037 2nd March 31st March
2039 2nd October 31st October

A 'Blue Moon' curse is powerful curse in Italian witchcraft. To say someone is born under a bad (astrological) sign with a blue moon in their eyes means that they were cursed at birth, and will never lead a good life:

"Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun;
Mama always said you'd be The Chosen One
She said: "You're one in a million and you've got to burn to shine,
but you were born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes."

"Woke up this morning", The Sopranos soundtrack (1999), Alabama 3

Black Moon

A black Moon is the name given to the second new Moon in a calendar month. A new Moon is the first phase of the 29.53-day lunar cycle as the Moon orbits Earth. At this phase of the cycle, the Moon is invisible to the naked eye as its illuminated side faces away from Earth and towards the Sun, meaning it is shrouded in darkness and thus hard to see.


As one of 12 full moons to admire every year, March's moon was dubbed the Worm Moon by early Native Americans (also known as the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Lenten Moon) because earthworms appear around this time. Each full Moon of the year is given a name:

Supermoon: Tuesday, 7th April 2020

Tonight's Supermoon promises to be the biggest and brightest Full Moon of the year. The Supermoon will appear under the guise of the April Pink Moon, which is also known as the Grass Moon and Egg Moon. Find out how to watch the Supermoon from the comfort of your home tonight.

What is the Supermoon? Why is the Full Moon a Supermoon tonight? The Moon races around our planet on an orbit that is elliptic and not perfectly round. As a result, the Moon is closer or farther from us every single night. If a Full Moon happens to fall within 90 percent of the Moon's lowest orbital point, the lunar perigee, we witness a Supermoon. If a Full Moon falls within 90 percent of its highest orbital point, the lunar apogee, we witness a Micromoon. Astronomers estimate some Supermoons can be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

Watch the Pink Supermoon live online tonight from home courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy in the embedded video player below:

The live stream will kick-off later tonight from Rome (7th April). You can tune in to the free broadcast from 6.30pm BST (5.30pm UTC) without breaking the rules of the coronavirus lockdown. The live stream will follow the Supermoon as it flies over the historic skyline of Italy's capital.

Although Supermoons can appear bigger and brighter, untrained astronomy enthusiasts might struggle to see a difference. According to Dr Masi, there are no obvious variations that make the Moon stand out against the night sky. But if you look at the comparison chart above, you will see just how much bigger a Supermoon is compared to a regular Full Moon. Tonight, the Moon will be about 221,000 miles (357,000km) from our planet. Dr Masi said:

"It will be the largest and brightest Full Moon of the year."

Strawberry Moon

A rare event when there's a full Moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 when 17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. The Moon appears pink or red and its romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed June's full Moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season.

Rainbow Moon

The Moon, Daily Telegraph Science

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