After the blue moon on Oct. 31, 2020, trick-or-treaters will need to wait until 2039 to see the next blue moon on Halloween.
2019 seemed to be an amazing year for stargazers and skywatchers as they were treated to the sight of three consecutive “supermoons” that appeared during the first three months of the year. So all the sky-watching enthusiasts are wondering if this year is going to be similarly good. And now, we finally have the answers to all your moon-related queries.
According to a report by NJ.com, astronomy experts have revealed that two supermoons will illuminate the night sky in 2020. The month of October will see two full moons, making the second a “blue moon”, that will be glowing in its all glory during Halloween. It seems like Halloween this year is going to give us a really eerie treat.
Even though Blue Moon appears once every three-four years, the chances of one happening on Halloween is even rarer, said AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada.
He said, "After the blue moon on Oct. 31, 2020, trick-or-treaters will need to wait until 2039 to see the next blue moon on Halloween." So what exactly are Supermoons?
Supermoon takes place when moons become full when their orbits are closer than average to the Earth, and that makes them appear slightly bigger and about 30 percent brighter than ordinary full moons that we observe. Even though the precise definition of the full moon varies in the field of astronomy, but some experts say that the average stargazer won’t notice the size and brightness difference since most of the supermoons that we observe tracks less than 223,000 miles from the Earth during its full phase.
Whatever the exact definition might be, astronomy websites seem to agree that 2020 will feature at least two supermoons. The first one will take place on March 9 and the second one will take place on April 7. Space.com has noted that the April full moon will be the biggest of the year. In case you want to keep an eye on the sky or click some pictures when these celestial events take place, here is a list of the dates of each full moon in 2020, along with their most common nicknames, as reported by the Farmers’ Almanac, the Old Farmer’s Almanac and TimeAndDate.com.
1. January 10 -, Wolf Moon
2. Feb. 9 - Snow Moon
3. March 9 - Worm Moon/Supermoon
4. April 7 - Pink moon/Supermoon
5. May 7 - Flower Moon
6. June 5 - Strawberry Moon
7. July 5 -. Buck Moon
8. Aug. 3 - Sturgeon Moon
9. Sept. 2 - Corn Moon
11. Oct. 1 - Harvest Moon
12. Oct. 31 - Blue Moon
13. Nov. 30 - Beaver Moon
14. Dec. 29 - Cold Moon