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A rare blue moon will rise on Halloween, making for an even more unprecedented 2020.

This “once in a blue moon” celestial experience on Oct. 31, will be the second of two full moons in a single calendar month, according to Earth Sky.  The last blue moon by these terms occurred on March 31, 2018.

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While the moon you will see won’t actually be blue, it will look just like a regular full moon, according to NASA.

“A blue moon is special because it is the “extra” Moon in a season with four full moons. This usually only happens every two-and-a-half years,” states NASA.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a full moon only falls on Halloween every 18 to 19 years, making this an even rarer event.



Hallows’ Eve wouldn’t be complete without the “Hunter’s Blue Moon,” as it is also referred to. The first full moon, known as the Harvest Moon, will occur on Thursday, Oct. 1.

While Halloween may look different for all those ghouls and goblins due to the pandemic, at least we have this unusual phenomenon to welcome in the coming holiday season.


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