May 21 was special for stargazers, for it featured a Blue Moon, which collided with an opposition to Mars. The Blue Moon doesn’t get its name because it’s blueish in color. The Moon can appear blue in color but that is because of totally different reasons, and is quite rare.

Recently people have started calling the second moon of a single calendar month a Blue Moon. However, an older definition distinguishes an extra full moon of a season as Blue Moon. A season generally have three full moons, but if it has an extra then the third can be called a Blue Moon. That’s what happened on May 21 , 2016.

Irrespective of the definitions, Blue Moon is rare and that’s what they mean with the expression, “once in a blue moon.” It might actually not be blue but it’s magnificently beautiful and would certainly turn you into a selenophile – yeah, that’s a thing.

We bring you some older pictures of Blue Moon in case you missed it last night. Keep an eye for it next time and vote for your favorite here. Tell us your thoughts in comments below.

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A plane ascends in front of a blue moon rising seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015.

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A rising full moon is seen on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Trest near Jihlava, Czech Republic.

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A blue moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015.A blue moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015.

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A blue moon rises behind Brooklyn seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015.

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A blue moon, which typically refers to a second full moon appearance within the same month, rises over the Lake Michigan horizon in Milwaukee, Wis. Friday, July 31, 2015.

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People are silhouetted against a rising blue moon as they ride an attraction at Worlds of Fun amusement park camp Friday, July 31, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo

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A blue moon rises during the Bristol Rovers v. West Bromwich Albion math in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2015

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A tower of a building is silhouetted against a rising blue moon as seen from Makati city east of Manila, Philippines Friday, July 31, 2015.

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A blue moon rises over a farm, Friday, July 31, 2015, just east of Bowling Green, Ohio.

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

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A blue moon rises over the scoreboard during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees in Chicago, Friday, July 31, 2015.

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