A meteor shower, Mars and 2 full moons will be visible this month

Harvest Moon takes place Thursday, October 1st

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.