December 4, 2020

When was the last time there was a full moon on Halloween and what is the meaning of a Blue Moon?

The Halloween full moon is also a Blue Moon, a Micro Moon, and the Hunter’s...

The Halloween full moon is also a Blue Moon, a Micro Moon, and the Hunter’s Moon (Picture: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

You may want to keep a careful eye out for werewolves this Halloween, as for the first time in nearly 20 years the spookiest night of the year will coincide with a full moon.

If the sky is clear, the spectacular sight will not only be visible from the UK but around the world, which makes this an especially rare lunar event.

But that’s not even the half of it. The Halloween full moon is also a Blue Moon, a Micro Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.

When was the last Halloween full moon?

The last time we were treated to a full moon on Halloween was all the way back in 2001, when Mary J. Blige’s Family Affair, Nickelback’s How You Remind Me, and Afroman’s Because I got High were tearing up the charts.

According to NASA, a Halloween full moon happens every 19 years, which means we’ll have to wait until 2039 for the next one.

However, this is the first Halloween full moon that will be visible around the world since 1944, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

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What is a Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon doesn’t refer to its colour – it gets its name from a 1946 article in Sky & Telescope magazine.

James Hugh Pruett is believed to have coined the term in an article called ‘Once in a Blue Moon’.

‘Seven times in 19 years there were – and still are – 13 full moons in a year,’ he wrote. ‘This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon.’

A Blue Moon is simply the second full moon to appear within a specific month.

On October 1 we were treated to the sight of the Harvest Moon, so-called because it was the first full moon after the September 22 autumn equinox.

Super Pink Moon above the Shard skyscraper in London

The Halloween full moon will be a Micro Moon, the opposite of the Supermoon, also called full pink moon, rises above central London on 07 we saw in April (Picture: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What is a Micro Moon and the Hunter’s Moon?

This full moon is also the Hunter’s Moon, which is the name given to the full moon that immediately follows the Harvest Moon.

Tonight’s moon is also a ‘Micro Moon’ – the opposite of a Supermoon – because it will occur when the moon is nearly the further away from Earth it can be before it starts getting closer again.

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