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A blue moon rises Friday, July 31, 2015 as seen from Taguig city east of Manila. AP Photo
A blue moon rises Friday, July 31, 2015 as seen from Taguig city east of Manila. AP Photo

With partly cloudy skies forecast for tonight, you might not have the best view of the blue moon.

But don't let that deter you from looking toward the sky in search of the white celestial sphere.

What is a blue moon? 

A blue moon doesn't mean the moon will turn blue, although that would be pretty interesting to see. A blue moon is the second full moon that occurs within one month.

Tonight, the blue moon will rise at 8:43 p.m. from the northeast. But, if the clouds don't cooperate, here are photos of other blue moons:

A blue moon rises above Dyche Hall at the University of Kansas Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Lawrence, Kan. AP Photo
A blue moon rises above Dyche Hall at the University of Kansas Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Lawrence, Kan. AP Photo

 

Jalen Adams and the Southmoore Sabercats line up against Carl Albert under a blue moon Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Jalen Adams and the Southmoore Sabercats line up against Carl Albert under a blue moon Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Leaves are silhouetted against a blue moon as seen from Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, July 31, 2015. AP Photo
Leaves are silhouetted against a blue moon as seen from Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, July 31, 2015. AP Photo

And, if you just enjoy breathtaking views of a "regular" full moon, continue on.

Here are additional photos of full moons taken by The Oklahoman's staff photographers in previous years:

A full moon is seen in Oklahoma City on March 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A full moon is seen in Oklahoma City on March 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

A full moon is seen next to a windmill in Oklahoma City on March 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
A full moon is seen next to a windmill in Oklahoma City on March 19, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

A full moon on an autumn night in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2010. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
A full moon on an autumn night in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2010. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

A full moon rises in the evening sky on March 24, 2005. Staff photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
A full moon rises in the evening sky on March 24, 2005. Staff photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

A full moon rises over a mountain range in southeast Alaska on June 4, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
A full moon rises over a mountain range in southeast Alaska on June 4, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Clouds pass in front of a full moon on an autumn night in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2010. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Clouds pass in front of a full moon on an autumn night in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2010. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

The full moon is a tint of orange as it hangs in the sky over Oklahoma on May 27, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The full moon is a tint of orange as it hangs in the sky over Oklahoma on May 27, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
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A blue moon rises Friday, July 31, 2015 as seen from Taguig city east of Manila. AP Photo

A blue moon rises Friday, July 31, 2015 as seen from Taguig city east of Manila. AP Photo

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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