Spooky skies: Rare blue moon to shine over Ireland on Halloween

30 Octobre, 2020, 14:51 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • This Saturday the phenomenon of the blue Moon will occur

It will be the second full moon of this calendar month, making it a "Blue Moon". "Usually the months only have one full Moon, but sometimes a second one sneaks in", they indicated from NASA and added that" full moons are separated by 29 days, while most months are 30 or 31 days long, so it is possible that two full moons can fit in a single month.

While India is not particularly big on Halloween, folklore in the West has even more reason to celebrate - this is the first Halloween full moon in close to eight decades.

Astronomy Ireland has told its readers that that "Saturday is also the date that the distant dim planet Uranus is at opposition to the Sun (and effectively a Full Moon is when the Moon is at opposition with the Sun), so, Uranus is close to the Moon that night also".

Mars will be to the right of the Moon and Jupiter and Saturn will appear side by side in the southern sky.

This Saturday the phenomenon of the blue Moon will occur

The astronomy society is encouraging everyone on the island to take in the once in a blue moon event before it is next visible in the year 2039. If you are lucky, you may be able to see it if the skies are clear and the pollution levels are low.

A Blue Moon occurs about seven times every 19 years. This means that tomorrow's full moon shall be visible from nearly every part of Earth, although some unfortunate regions will still miss out on it. This year we had 13 full moons including three super moons, four lunar eclipses and even a Blue Moon.

However, Uranus is set to be so close to the full moon it will be hard to see with the naked eye or binoculars. A full moon in December is called the Cold Moon as the temperatures dip sharply and a Beaver Moon is the first full moon of November.

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