The more well known blue moon has a few definitions, including when a second full moon occurs in a single month.
While some astronomers frown on giving nicknames to celestial events, others are happy people are paying attention.
“It’s more exciting for the general public to hear about a supermoon,” said Francisco Reyes, a University of Florida associate scientist and director of the school’s teaching observatory. “It’s like a curiosity.”
Earlier this month, a full harvest moon rose, marking the transition toward fall. Names were given to moons by Native Americans, who tied the lunar cycles to nature and the seasons.
While the moon will be dark Friday night, it won’t hide for long. By Sunday, a sliver of a waxing crescent moon should become visible.