Now that the spooky season is in, a special astronomical event will also take place soon. Following the first full moon of October, a rare second one will appear on the 31st of this month. This full moon will be the first full blue moon on Halloween since 1944.
The term “blue moon” actually refers to the fact that it is the second full moon in a month. In some cases the color of the moon can actually seem blue. This is due to the fact that dust or smoke particles are reflected in the moonlight.
This event has another name too – “Hunter’s moon”. That is because people used to hunt more during this time. As they had enough light from the moon to see their prey, they could be more successful.
Even though a full moon is the usual setting for a horror movie, it is quite uncommon for it to happen on Halloween night. Astronomers estimated that this takes place every 18 to 19 years. This means that the next time we will get to witness a full moon on Halloween will be roughly in 2039.
Have no fear. This year, Halloween’s full moon can be observed from North and South America, all the way to India, every country in Europe and Western Australia. Unfortunately, the only unlucky citizens will be the ones in Central and Eastern Australia, who won’t be able to witness the rare sight.
All this being said, I hope you pause the scary movies for a few minutes and go outside on Halloween. You can’t miss the opportunity of seeing a full blue moon on that very night. If you do, you most likely won’t get the same chance until 20 years from now. So, choose wisely!
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