Halloween 2020 will have a full moon for the first time in 19 years
The next full moon won’t be the biggest or brightest of 2020, but it could be the spookiest. If, you know, you’re into that stuff.
That’s because on Oct. 31, we will see the first full moon to fall on Halloween since 2001. We won’t see another one until 2039.
We’ll also be seeing a so-called “blue moon,” meaning it will be the second full moon of the month (it also was full on Oct. 1). The next time there will be two full moons in the same month will come in August 2023. The last year we had one, we actually had two: In 2018, the moon was full on Jan. 1 and 31, March 1 and 31. February sort of helped out there by having only 28 days, otherwise it would have claimed one of those full moons from March.
The Halloween moon will not appear larger or brighter than normal. This year we had our “super moons” in March and April, the two months of 2020 when full moons coincided with the moon’s closest approach to the earth for the year at about 222,000 miles. The moon will be more than 252,000 miles away on Oct. 31, very close to its maximum orbital distance.
In case you can’t get enough of this naming-the-moon stuff, the first full moon this month was called a “harvest moon,” meaning the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox that ushers in fall (Sept. 22). And that means the Halloween full moon won’t just be a blue moon, it also will be a “hunter’s moon,” defined as the first full moon after a harvest moon.
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