In the bizarre year that’s 2020, another highly unusual event is headed our way.
This year’s Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it, for the first time since World War II, astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says.
“When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween,” saind Hunt. Not quite, though pop culture decorations sure make it seem that way.
The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944, he said. He’s written about the event on his web site, When the Curves Line Up.
There was a Halloween full moon for some locations in 1955, but that didn’t include western North America and the western Pacific, Hunt says.
While this year’s Halloween full moon will be visible in all parts of the globe, that doesn’t mean every single citizen will have a view.
Residents across both North America and South America will see it, as will India, all of Europe and much of Asia. But while Western Australians will see it, those in the central and eastern parts of the country will not.
Know time zones well? “Every time zone has it except those east of (GMT) +8 time zones if they have daylight time, or (GMT) +9 with no daylight time,” Hunt says.
Want to see the Halloween full moon? It’s so bright at the full phase it doesn’t matter if you’re in a crowded city or out on the farm. And you don’t need pricey equipment. “Walk outside, and take a look,” Hunt says.
If you’re too busy watching horror movies, you’ll have to wait until 2039 for another global full moon. Next will take place in 2058, 2077 and 2096.
The next full moon is on October 1, 2020 (Harvest Moon)… So the Halloween’s moon is also known as a ‘Blue Moon’ – the name given to the second full moon to appear in a calendar month. Just keep your eyes to the sky and enjoy the spooky sky show.