Prepare yourself for this once in a Blue Moon event as Halloween approaches

Look to the the skies this weekend

Blue Moon, Halloween
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For the first time since World War II, star-gazers across the world can look forward to seeing a rare Blue Moon this Halloween.

Weather permitting, of course! But if the stars - and clouds - align, it seems that after enduring several periods of Mercury in Retrograde this year, the cosmic havoc isn’t over. This weekend will see the appearance of Blue Moon on the eve of Halloween for the first time in 76 years.

The last time a Blue Moon appeared simultaneously across the world was 1944. So don't forget to check your horoscope and keep an eye out for this fascinating occurrence.

What is a Blue Moon?

It may be impressive, but don’t be fooled into thinking it will be glimmering blue. Sadly, the name has nothing to do with this rare moon’s colour.

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It may sound slightly ghoulish, but in fact Blue Moon is just the second full moon to appear in a month.

Full Moon, Blue Moon

Full moons are separated by almost 29.5 days. And with most months being 30 or 31 days long, there is time for two to appear in a single month. However, this is still a rare sight to behold.

On average Blue Moons can be glimpsed in the night sky only every two and a half years. The last sighting was on March 31, 2018.

What is a Hunter’s Blue Moon?

Some also refer to this unusual phenomenon as the ‘Hunter’s Blue Moon’. This is supposedly because Native American tribes would use the moon around this time of year to help them gather supplies to last the winter.

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And if that wasn't enough, this Halloween Blue Moon is also technically a Micromoon. It is approaching the point furthest from the earth on it's orbit. This means that it will appear approximately 14% smaller than the Supermoon from March this year.

Rarest of the Rare

The Farmers’ Almanac has confirmed this occurrence will not happen again until 2039. And with October 2020 also seeing the appearance of a Harvest Moon, it seems this is the year for all things astrological.

So when you're cosy at home this Halloween, why not try and catch a glimpse of this extraordinary event?

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!