It really is once in a blue moon: Full moon will shine bright on Halloween for the first time in 76 years.

Full Moon

For many, a full moon on Halloween is a once in a lifetime experience. And this Halloween night the sky will be glowing brightly with a full moon-the 2nd for the month of October. 

Yes, you read that right, on October 31st every time zone in the U.S. will experience a full moon at 9:49 a.m. Central time. A full moon in all time zones hasn’t happened in 76 years or since 1944. 

As previously stated, we already had a full moon on October 1st making this Halloween 2020 an extra special night.

The second full moon in a calendar month is called the “blue moon” although it will still sport its same whitish-yellow color. Blue moons don’t happen every year but average every 2.5 to 3 years.

But how rare is a blue moon on Halloween?

About as rare as a full moon landing on Halloween-it’s not very common. A full moon on Halloween happens every 19 years making our next Halloween full moon in October 2039.

Moon cycles average every 29.5 days and with Halloween on the 31st, a Halloween full moon has to be a blue moon.

It’s a rare treat for all and provides an eerie backdrop for this fun and spooky night!

While it won’t be on Halloween, we will experience our next blue moon on August 30th, 2023.

As of now, we’re calling for clear skies in Lincoln on Halloween night, perfect for viewing that rare sight.

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