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Rare 'blue moon' to rise over Lowcountry skies Friday

The "blue moon" isn't actually blue. This image was taken the night before the official full moon at Longwood Plantation in Berkeley County. (Photo Source: Live 5) The "blue moon" isn't actually blue. This image was taken the night before the official full moon at Longwood Plantation in Berkeley County. (Photo Source: Live 5)
The rarity of a second full moon in the same month led to the phrase, "Once in a blue moon." (Photo Source: Live 5) The rarity of a second full moon in the same month led to the phrase, "Once in a blue moon." (Photo Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

There’s a chance unsettled weather Friday night could cloud the view the so-called "blue moon" in the Lowcountry.

The moon will be full for the second time in the month of July, which is why it's known as a "blue moon." While the moon won’t actually be the color blue, it isn't often we see a second full moon in the same calendar month, and its rarity is what led to the phrase, "Once in a blue moon."

The last time we saw two full moons was August, 2012.

It won't happen again until January, 2018.

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