This Halloween, things are getting a little chilly because a pearly astronomical body will grace our skies that night.
That’s if you’re one of those pantang ones who believe in werewolves turning on such a night.
For most of us, it’s a once-in-a-blue moon (haha!) event that makes for a great photo to add into our collection. Though this phenomenon occurs about once in two to three years, a Halloween blue moon adds a spooky veil to this special day and that will only happen in another 19 years.
What is a blue moon?
A blue moon is actually not blue at all. It occurs when two full moons appear in a single month – making the extra moon a blue moon, and this is a pretty rare occurrence (there is another school of thought which defines the blue moon as the fourth moon within a season where there should only be three full moons).
Most blue moons look grey and white, much like any other moons we see every day. So remember to #bluemoon or your friends would be none the wiser.
Names for full moons
Did you know that the almanac has names for each full moon? Here are the upcoming full moons and their names:
21 Sep: Corn Moon
15 Oct: Harvest Moon
31 Oct: Blue Moon
30 Nov: Beaver Moon
29 Dec: Cold Moon
How to catch a blue moon
It’s not hard to catch the blue moon this Halloween, just look up into the sky! Provided there’s a clear sky that night.
Enjoy the blue moon this Halloween!