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13 Full Moons, Including A Rare Blue Moon On Halloween, Will Light Up The Night Sky In 2020

13 Full Moons, Including A Rare Blue Moon On Halloween, Will Light Up The Night Sky In 2020

Even though the Blue Moon appears only once every three-four years, the chances of it happening on Halloween night is extremely rare. The next time it will occur in 2039.

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2019 was an amazing year for stargazers and skywatchers alike, as there were many spectacles to be witnessed in the night sky. It began with three consecutive "supermoons" that appeared during the first quarter of the year with a Lunar Eclipse in mid-July. The year ended with a dazzling Total Solar Eclipse right after the Winter Solistice. No doubt, all these stunning celestial events had us wondering if 2020 is also going to be as good. And in short, yes... yes it is.

Astronomy experts reveal that two supermoons will illuminate the night sky this year. The month of October will also see two full moons, making the second one, falling on Halloween a "blue moon". Now that is something that's going to make the 'haunting' a lot eerier this time around. This makes for 13 full moons that we can expect this year, NJ.com reports. 



 

 

AccuWeather meterologist Brian Lada said that even though the rare Blue Moon appears only once every three-four years, the chances of it happening on Halloween night are even rarer.

He said, "After the blue moon on Oct. 31, 2020, trick-or-treaters will need to wait until 2039 to see the next blue moon on Halloween."

Now, getting back to supermoons, it takes place when moons become full when their orbits are closer than average to the Earth, and that makes them appear slightly bigger and about 30 percent brighter than ordinary full moons that we observe. Even though the precise definition of the full moon varies in the field of astronomy, but some experts say that the average stargazer won’t notice the size and brightness difference since most of the supermoons that we observe tracks less than 223,000 miles from the Earth during its full phase.

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

Though the exact phenomenon is way more dazzling than we can explain in words, astronomy websites are of the stance that 2020 will definitely feature atleast two supermoons. The first one is said to take place on March 9 with the second one happening on April 7th. Space.com reports that the April full moon will indeed be the biggest one of the year. 



 

 

Those who wish to get a keener look at the complete list of the dates for each full moon in 2020, along with their most common nicknames can do so on the Farmer's Almanac or on TimeAndDate.com.  Check it out below as well:

 



 

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