A rare Halloween full moon will shine on Saturday
While this is the rare Halloween movie that comes without a full moon, in real life it’s the rare Halloween that comes under the full moon.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a full moon only occurs every 18-19 years.
This year is one of the full moon years of Halloween, bringing an extra air of spooky to the holidays while also brightening up the scenery for all the trick-or-treaters who continue with the tradition in this coronavirus pandemic year.
It will also be a blue moon, which is the second full moon of a moon. The first full moon of October 2020, the Harvest Moon, shone on October 1, setting the timing of the second on the last day of the month, Saturday, which is Halloween.
“A blue moon is a fairly rare phenomenon involving the appearance of an additional full moon during a given period,” according to Space.com. “But when? It turns out that there are two definitions of the term, and one was born out of a misunderstanding of the other.
“The older meaning defines a blue moon as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. Called a seasonal blue moon, this occurs approximately every 2.5 years.
“More recently, the term blue moon has been applied to the second full moon in a single calendar month. There are approximately 29.5 days between full moons, which makes it unusual for two full moons to fit into a 30 or 31 day month. This means that February will never have a Blue Moon.
The term has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon. According to NASA, “Most blue moons have a pale gray and white appearance, indistinguishable from any other moon you have ever seen. Compressing a second full moon in a calendar month does not change the physical properties of the moon itself, so the color remains the same.
The full moon will peak at 10:51 a.m. on October 31 but will continue at its maximum through the night.
This upcoming full moon is also known as Hunter’s Moon, based on Native American traditions that marked this time of year as the time to store game meat for the winter to come.
And it will be a mini moon because the Moon will be at its farthest orbital point from Earth, its peak, on Halloween.
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