Once in a Blue Moon

The second Full Moon of the month – Blue Moon (not necessarily blue in color) – shined in the sky on October 31. The simplified definiton of “Blue Moon” says that it is the second Full Moon in one month and the expression “once in a blue moon” means that something happens very rare, almost never.

The first Full Moon in October was on the first day of the month: October Harvest Moon.

That rare Full Moon earned the color blue in its name probably after the 1883 Krakatoa volcano eruption in Indonesia, when the dust haze caused the visual effect of green sunrises and sunsets and a blue Moon.

The coincidence of Full Moon and Halloween is quite rare – it occurs 3-4 times per century (the next ones will be in 2039, 2058, 2077 and in 2096).

During Full Blue Moon and later in November Mars still shines bright in the sky.

More about Halloween Blue Moon (Star Walk News)

In the photos below: Blue Moon rising in Dubai, UAE.


Blue Moon rising – Dubai, UAE


Blue Moon – Dubai, UAE

Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Moon”


See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon  | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon | October Harvest Moon

Mars: Mars is bright tonight


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The Moon and the Company III

The Moon meets Mars in the sky on the night of 29th October 2020 – in Dubai, UAE.


Moon & Mars – Dubai, UAE

 

Moon & Mars – Dubai, UAE

 

Moon – Dubai, UAE

 


See also:

The Moon and the Company | The Moon and the Company II | Mars is bright tonight


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Mars is bright tonight

Mars on October 13, 2020 – fully illuminated since it is in opposition (Earth is in between Mars and the Sun) and near its closest point to the Earth (the closest point was on October 6). Mars will shine bright in the sky till beginning of November.

The next such bright Mars we will be able to observe in 15 years…



Mars is bright tonight. ∼ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

One Word Sunday Challenge: Bright – by Debbie from Travel With Intent.


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October Harvest Moon

The Full Harvest Moon on 1st October 2020 – one of the two full moons this month, the first Full Moon this year during astronomical autumn. It is called the Harvest Moon beacuse of its light being useful in harvesting the crops in the evening.

This year Harvest Moon is also a Micromoon (it appears smaller than usual) since it is in apogee – in the point in its orbit farthest from Earth.

On 3rd October (at 03:25 GMT) the conjunction (meeting) of the Moon and Mars could be observed.


Harvest Moon rising – Dubai, UAE

Harvest Moon – Dubai, UAE
Harvest Moon going to meet Mars (far left) – Dubai, UAE

Neil Young – Harvest Moon


See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon  | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon


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