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Treat for sky grazers: ‘Blue Moon’ to appear this Halloween

The moon looks blue very rarely “due to particles thrown into the atmosphere by natural catastrophes”, says the NASA.

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A blue moon is rare but what would you say when it coincides with Halloween? The often heard proverbial phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ will find its apt depiction in the night sky on Saturday (October 31).

Today is a treat for the sky grazers, as they will witness the Halloween Blue Moon. The Blue Moon coming up is respectively known as the Hunter’s Moon. Rising in the early evening, the Hunter’s Moon was given its name because it provided plenty of moonlight for hunters to gather meat for the long winter ahead.

During the Halloween of 2020, the Blue Moon will appear in the sky for the first time after 19 years. The last time this dazzling phenomenon occurred was in 2001 and according to NASA; it coincides with Halloween every 19 years.

Even though it is called a Blue Moon, the moon doesn’t really look blue. The moon looks blue very rarely “due to particles thrown into the atmosphere by natural catastrophes”, says the NASA.

What’s more interesting is that the 2020 Blue Moon will be visible to all time zones, making it even rarer. As the 2001 Blue Moon was visible to only central and Pacific Time zones.

2020 has really been very special for sky-watchers. This year one witnessed 13 full moons including three super moons, four lunar eclipses and even a Blue Moon. The three super moons were seen in March, April and May.

The remaining celestial events of the year will be on November 30 and December 29. In November, we will see the beaver or Frosty Moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse and two days before we hop into 2021 we will watch the Cold Moon. A full moon in December is called the Cold Moon as the temperature dip sharply and a Beaver Moon is the first full Moon of November.