This gives 13 full moons this year instead of the usual 12.
The red planet made its closest approach to Earth earlier in October and still shines brightly in the night sky.
The first full moon of October was the harvest moon on October 1 and the second is a rare full blue Halloween hunting moon.
While the moon will not actually appear blue, the second full moon in a month is commonly referred to as the blue moon. This happens every 2.5 to three years or “once on a blue moon”.
Previously, a blue moon was known as the third or fourth full moon in a single season.
Usually, the next moon after the harvest moon is known as the hunter’s moon – when the hunters used the moonlight to hunt the prey and prepare for winter.
While a blue moon seems rare, a full moon at Halloween in time zones is even rarer – a fact that has not happened since 1944.
However, a full moon appears at Halloween every 19 years in certain time zones, so you can expect a full Halloween moon again in 2039, 2058, 2077 and 2096.
The full Halloween moon will rise at 10:49 a.m. ET on October 31, which explains why the moon will be visible in time zones.
We understand; this is a weird weekend. This was the year of the pandemic, there is a full moon at Halloween and the time changes the next day – and Tuesday is US Election Day.
Each month of 2020 brought its own surprises, which were comparable to a real Jumanji game of “well, I did not see it coming”.
To help you stay calm and move on, we suggest you make a star. Take a look this weekend to see the full moon and Mars and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.