Once In A Blue Moon

By Paige Francis




On Halloween, a full moon will be visible in America. However, it’s rare!


This full moon is considered a “blue moon” because it is the second full moon this month. The moon will be visible to everyone in the entire world for the first time since World War II. Since then, only parts of the moon have been visible. A common misconception is that there is a full moon every Halloween, just because it’s Halloween. This isn’t quite true and pop culture is to blame for that. Jeffrey Hunt, an astronomy educator, and former planetarium director said, "When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween.” Hunt also said that in 1955, some locations were able to see a full moon on Halloween, but that didn’t include the western Pacific or western North America. 


Residents across North America and South America will be able to see the full moon, as well as Africa, Europe, and some of Asia. The moon will be so bright at its full phase that you can easily see it with the naked eye. Hunt says "Walk outside, and take a look.” If you want to take pictures of the moon, your smartphone probably won’t be able to capture what you were hoping for. Jeffrey Hunt recommends "A telephoto attachment will help make the moon larger." 


This won’t be an event you want to miss because the next global full moon will be in 2039. A full moon may occur on Halloween again, but it won’t be visible to the whole globe. Be sure to take a look outside on Halloween evening!

A full moon will be visible on Halloween