Halloween moon aka Blue moon illuminates Britain's skies in 76 years
New Delhi : It's 2020 and to make things spookier, full moon is coinciding with Halloween, which means people will be able to see blue moon in the skies on the occasion.
The Blue moon was visible in several parts of earth on October 31.
The last time such a phenomena was seen on Halloween was in 1944 and according to the NASA the next Halloween Blue Moon will occur in 2039!
David Moore from Astronomy Ireland, said: "The Halloween full moon probably only happens a few times every century and it won't happen again in Ireland and the UK until 2039."
The first blue moon at Halloween in 76 years enchanted Brits lucky enough to see it. And it could be at least 19 more years before the event transfixes sky-watchers once more.
According to FarmersAlmanac, the Halloween Blue Moon in 2001 was only seen in Central and Pacific Time zones. The Blue Moon brightening up the sky on October 31 will appear in all times zones, making it even rarer.
Even though it's 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.
A blue moon refers to the very rare occasion when a full Moon appears for the second time in the same month. This year we had a full moon on October 1 called the Harvest Moon.
2020 has really been a very special year for sky-watchers. This year we had 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.