Are you going to see it this weekend? The Halloween sky will have a full moon glowing brightly-the second full moon appears in October 2020 and is the first Halloween full moon to glow in all time zones in the United States in 76 years.
The difference between it and the second full moon in the same calendar month makes it a “blue moon”, although it will appear white and white as usual.
According to a report in the Farmer’s Yearbook, the last time all time zones in the United States were considered a full moon on Halloween was in 1
How rare is the blue moon for Halloween?
It turns out that the full moon on Halloween is as rare as the full moon on Halloween. NASA space expert Tony Rice said that the full moon of Halloween must be a blue moon, because the moon’s cycle is about 29.5 days, and Halloween is always on October 31.
Therefore, if there is a full moon on October 31, it must be the second full moon of that month-making it a blue moon.
Astronomical experts say that this happens approximately every 19 years, but sometimes the phase cycle of the moon will produce a full moon early on November 1 instead of October 31. When this happens, the Halloween full moon only sees once every 38 years.
In any case, this is a rare treat and adds a weird background to this fun and scary holiday.
By the way, the moon will officially be at its fullest state at 10:49 AM Eastern Time on October 31. Therefore, when the new moon rises in the northeast-northeast sky at 6:13 pm, the moon will be completely full. York City area.
As of now, the National Weather Service has required a partially cloudy sky over the Big Apple on Saturday night and a partially cloudy sky over northern and central New Jersey. This is almost equal to removal-a little benefit provided by Mother Nature.
In southern New Jersey, the current forecast is for a mostly cloudy sky on Saturday night, but sky observers there may still catch a glimpse of the full Halloween moon.
According to the “Farmer’s Yearbook”, after October 31, 2020, the next Halloween full moon will appear in 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096. This means that the Halloween full moon will enter the 19-year cycle 19 consecutive times.
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Len Melisurgo may arrive LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com.