Miami-Dade County

Once in a ‘blue moon’ happens Friday

This AP file photo from 2010 shows a blue moon from Nairobi, Kenya. There will be a blue moon Friday.
This AP file photo from 2010 shows a blue moon from Nairobi, Kenya. There will be a blue moon Friday. AP

Full-moon lovers will get their fill this month, when the earth's satellite makes its second July appearance on Friday.

Dubbed a blue moon — the special occasion happens only about every two-and-a-half years because the lunar year and calendar year don’t quite match up. The last blue moon was in August 2012 and the next won’t be until January 2018.

“It’s a rare lunar occurrence,” said Barb Yager, an officer with Miami-based Southern Cross Astronomical Society. “People get excited about it.”

The name is deceiving because the moon isn’t actually blue; it appears to have a bluish hue only if there is volcanic ash. In fact, the name has come to mean something that happens only once in a while.

And since once in a blue moon happens to be Friday, some businesses are getting in the spirit.

“It’s something fun to do,” said Valentine Dawiec, the owner of Sandbar Lounge, 6752 Collins Ave. The lounge is hosting its first Blue Moon Party and Blue Person Contest, with patrons expected to come to the bar in blue.

“It’s just for giggles,” she said.

Having an extra full moon this month means Blue Moon Outdoor Center, with locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, has a second full moon tour. Tour guide Lance Cutrer said kayakers or those on paddleboards will leave from Oleta River State Park and glide through Biscayne Bay to a private beach, where they will get a glimpse of the moon while enjoying hot dogs and s’mores.

“It’s a unique experience,” he said.

Owner Colleen Guido said the company hosts a blue moon tour each time it happens.

“We are out paddling every full moon,” she said. “It’s who we are. We are Blue Moon.”

Chris Duke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said while there is a 30 percent chance of rain Friday night, “there should be a break in the clouds.”

And for those who want to catch a glimpse of the moon, a cloudless sky is a good thing.

“Some people like to horse around and put a blue film on their scope as a joke,” Yager said. “Then it’s really a blue moon.’’

If you go

Blue Moon Paddle Tour

When: Friday

Where: Leaves from Blue Moon Outdoor Center, 3400 NE 163rd St., N. Miami Beach

Contact: bluemoonoutdoor.com or call 305-957-3040

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