Full Moon Trivia Quiz

Saturday, August 13th is a full moon – bad news for meteor watching, good news for moonlit walks in mountain meadows! If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you probably think you know the moon fairly well. Well enough to ace this mini moon quiz?

Moonlight vision. (Photo: M.Kopp)

1. “Once in a blue moon” refers to:

a) a phenomenon of the earth’s shadow casting a bluish tinge over the moon
b) a phenomenon that happens when there are two full moons in one month
c) a phenomenon that occurs when there is a month without a full moon
d) none of the above

2. How much of the moon’s surface is visible from Earth?

a) 49%
b) 53%
c) 59%

3. There will a blue moon in:

a) August of 2012
b) July of 2015
c) January of 2018
d) all of the above

4. The moon is how much smaller than Earth?

a) 1/8
b) 1/4
c) 1/2

5. Which is rarer:

a) a blue moon
b) a month with no full moon

6. The only month that might not have a full moon is:

a) February
b) March
c) April
d) none of the above


1. b    2. c    3. d    4. b    5. b    6. a

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