'Blue flower moon'

The “blue flower moon” appears over Highland Lake in Stoddard Saturday night. “Flower moon” is the name given to May’s full moon because of all the blooms this month. “Blue moon,” which sometimes denotes the second full moon in a month, refers in this case to the third of four full moons in a season. According to space.com, the 1937 edition of the now-defunct Maine Farmers’ Almanac explained that the moon “usually comes full 12 times in a year, three times for each season.” Occasionally, however, a year will have 13 full moons during a year, and when a particular season has four moons, the third was apparently called a blue moon so that the fourth and final one could continue to be called the late moon.