Rare Blue Moon shines bright Halloween night

Halloween night will be lit by the glow of the second full moon of October 2020. The first full moon of the month was October 1 and on October 31, the moon will become full again around 9:39 a.m.

The second full moon of a month is known as a Blue Moon. The moon Halloween night won’t look blue though, it is just a name given to the rarity of two full moons in a month. This year is also special because there won’t be another full moon on Halloween until 2039!

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As if a Blue moon isn’t special enough, this full moon is also considered a micro-moon and will be the “smallest” of 2020. A micro-moon is when the moon becomes full around the time it is furthest from Earth in orbit! Compared to a super-moon it is slightly smaller.

The moon will rise around 6:56 p.m. lighting up the sky for trick-or-treaters! If you spend time outside with the family, enjoy one last treat, the red planet, Mars! Mars will be shining at night above and to the right of the moon.

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