Go outside and marvel at October’s first full moon, a harvest moon, ahead of Halloween’s rare blue moon

A superb full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Area Middle in Florida in 2017.

NASA/Kim Shiflett

Yet one more extremely uncommon occasion is headed our manner on this extremely bizarre year. The 2020 Halloween full moon will probably be seen to the whole world, fairly than simply elements of it, for the primary time since World Warfare II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. And you will get a preview of the vacation occasion starting Thursday, Oct. 1, when the month’s first full moon — romantically known as the “harvest moon” — will probably be seen.

This full moon will seem full for about three days, starting round 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 1 and working by way of Saturday morning, Oct. 3, NASA says. The harvest moon is the identify given for the total moon closest to the beginning of fall. It normally happens in September, however this yr, it is exhibiting up in October. And it is only a preview for the second full moon of the month, the Halloween full moon, referred to as the blue moon as a result of it is the second full moon of the identical month.

“After I was instructing, my highschool college students thought a full moon occurred each Halloween,” Hunt instructed me. Not fairly, although popular culture decorations positive make it appear that manner. The final Halloween full moon seen across the globe got here in 1944, he stated. He is written concerning the occasion on his website, When the Curves Line Up. There was a Halloween full moon for some places in 1955, however that did not embody western North America and the western Pacific, Hunt says.

Whereas this yr’s Halloween full moon will probably be seen in all elements of the globe, that does not imply each single citizen may have a view. Residents throughout each North America and South America will see it, as will India, all of Europe and far of Asia. However whereas Western Australians will see it, these within the central and jap elements of the nation won’t. 

Know time zones effectively? “Each time zone has it besides these east of (GMT) +eight time zones if they’ve daylight time, or (GMT) +9 with no daylight time,” Hunt says.

Need to see the Halloween full moon? It is so vibrant on the full section it does not matter for those who’re in a crowded metropolis or out on the farm. And you do not want dear tools.

“Stroll outdoors, and have a look,” Hunt says. 

Do not be shocked, although, for those who snap a Halloween moon shot along with your telephone and the photograph does not match what you noticed.

“When the moon is photographed with a smartphone the outcomes could be disappointing,” Hunt admits. “A telephoto attachment will assist make the moon bigger.  You should definitely examine that the adapter matches in your make and mannequin.  Additionally do not overexpose the moon. Modify the digital camera’s brightness in order that options are seen and never blotted out by the moon’s brightness.” 

If you happen to’re too busy watching horror motion pictures (or doing whatever the coronavirus equivalent of trick-or-treating is), you may have to attend till 2039 for an additional international full moon.

“In fact, full moons happen in October in the course of the intervening years, simply not on Halloween,” Hunt says. And a Halloween full moon could seem in your area earlier than then. It simply will not be seen all over the world.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper