Most of us are aware that this Halloween will feature a full moon. This moon is called the blue moon and there are several theories as to why. One theory for the name blue moon is that centuries ago people believed the fourth full moon of a season to be bad luck and therefore called it blue, which would sum up 2020 pretty good. Typically a season has 3 full moons and we know darn well that 2020 has been nothing but bad luck!
The modern theory as to whey we call it a blue moon holds that it is simply a name given to the second full moon during a single month. Typically each season has 3 full moons, one a month. A blue moon is essentially just an extra full moon during a season.
A full moon on Halloween has not happened in the U.S. since 1944 and we won’t see one again until 2039 or later due to the irregularities of our calendar and other cyclic factors. Enjoy the blue moon and let’s all have a Happy Halloween regardless of 2020!
Between two full moons and a meteor shower, Mother Nature has quite the month planned for us.
The first full moon of fall, known as the Harvest Moon due to being the closest full moon to the Fall Equinox, is on Thursday, October 1st. For an added bonus, EarthSky.org says the planet Mars will appear bright red and very close to the moon when it rises that evening.
Our second full moon of the month will appear on Halloween night. This moon is called the blue moon due to it being the second full moon during a single month. According to the Farmers Almanac, this will also be the first full moon to be seen across the whole US on Halloween since 1944.
One of the best meteor showers of the season, the Orionid Shower, will also peak this month on October 21-22. You can usually expect between 10-20 meteors an hour during favorable conditions. Be sure to grab some comfy chairs and start a fire. It’s going to be a great month to look up.