Ready for a Rare Blue Moon on Halloween?
Halloween is spooky enough as it is, but this year, (COVID and all) will be even more creepy with a look towards the skies, and a very rare "Blue Moon". If you are a stargazer, then this year has been a real treat for you! So far we've had 13 full moons and two supermoons, and we have the upcoming Blue Moon making a scheduled appearance on All Hallows Eve.
According to the Farmers' Almanac, the Blue Moon is extremely rare, and will be seen across all time zones, with the moon turning full at 10:49 pm EDT. This apparently hasn't occurred since 1943, so it will be worth staying up for on Halloween this year. Farmers' Almanac says "For more than half a century, whenever two full Moons appear in a single month (which happens on average every 2 1/2 to 3 years), the second full Moon is christened a “Blue Moon.”. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be seeing blue hues, it's just an expression used to describe the phenomenon. And in case you were wondering, a Blue Moon occurs on Halloween about every 19 years, and it's a pattern known as the Metonic Cycle.
Astronomers say the next couple of 100% illuminated Halloween full moons will occur in the years 2039, 2058, 2077, and 2096. And yes, that's just about 19 years apart. Keep reaching for the stars, friends, and to read more about full moons, check out the very cool info from the 2020 Farmers' Almanac.
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