Halloween will have its first full moon in nearly two decades


The upcoming full moon will not be the biggest or brightest of 2020, but it might be the spookiest. Ifyou know, you’re into that stuff.

That’s due to Oct. 31, we will see the first full moon to fall on Halloween because 2001. We won’t find another person until 2039.

We will also be seeing a so-called”blue moon,” meaning it will be the next full moon of the month (it was complete on Oct. 1). The next time there will be two full moons in precisely the same month will arrive from August 2023. The last year we had one, we really had two: In 2018, the moon was full on Jan. 1 and 31, March 1 and 31. February sort of helped out there by having only 28 days, otherwise it would have claimed among those full moons out of March.

The Halloween moon won’t appear larger or brighter than usual. This season we had our”super moons” in March and April, both weeks of 2020 when total moons coincided with the moon’s closest approach to the ground to the year at about 222,000 miles. The moon will soon be more than 252,000 miles off on Oct. 31, very close to its maximum orbital space.

In case you can’t get enough of the naming-the-moon stuff, the first full moon this season has been known as a “harvest moon,” meaning the entire moon nearest the autumnal equinox that ushers in fall (Sept. 22). And that means the Halloween full moon won’t only be a blue moon, it also is a “hunter’s moon,” defined as the first full moon following a harvest moon.



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