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How to see the full moons on Oct. 1 and Halloween – Live Science

A full moon reflects on the Patuxent River in Maryland in 2src13.

A full moon reflects on the Patuxent River in Maryland in 2013.

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Get ready to gaze on the first of two full moons slated for October; the first will dazzle sky watchers this Thursday (Oct. 1) and the second will shine eerily later this month on Halloween (Oct. 31). 

It’s rare to have two full moons in one month. To mark the occasion, the second full moon will be known as a “blue moon,” although it won’t actually appear blue. (The moon looks blue only when there are massive amounts of particles in Earth’s atmosphere, such as dust from a volcanic eruption, which scatter different wavelengths of light differing amounts.) Another “blue moon” definition highlights the third of four full moons in a single season.

To see Thursday’s full moon, also known as the harvest moon, set an alarm for 5:05 p.m. EDT (2105 UTC), the moment when the moon appears “opposite” the sun, in Earth-based longitude, according to NASA

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If you’re busy at that moment, you can still catch the celestial show, as the moon will appear full for three days, starting today (Sept. 30) through Saturday morning (Oct. 3). 

The harvest moon is tied to the time of year when farmers historically had to rely on moonlight when they worked late. In fact, the harvest moon is an old European name; it was first published in 1706, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Most years, the harvest moon shines in September, but this year it’s lighting up the night sky in October, as it’s the full moon closest to the fall equinox, which fell on Sept. 22 this year. (As a result, September’s full moon took the name “corn moon.”)

Other names for the Oct. 1 moon include the travel moon, dying grass moon and sanguine or blood moon (per the Algonquin tribes, who lived in the American Northeast, at least according to the now-defunct 1930s Maine Farmer’s Almanac). This full moon also corresponds with autumnal and harvest festivals in Asia, including the Moon Festival and Mooncake Festival in China, and Chuseok, a harvest festival in Korea that’s observed when city dwellers return to their hometowns to pay respect to the spirits of their ancestors, according to NASA.

Meanwhile, the blue moon will shine brightly at 9:49 a.m. EDT (14:49 UTC) on Halloween. Traditionally, this full moon would have helped trick-or-treaters find their way in the dark, but this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “participating in traditional trick-or-treating, where treats are handed to children who go door to door,” is a high-risk activity, due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Lower-risk activities include carving pumpkins, having a virtual costume contest and watching Halloween-related movies with your household, the CDC said. Moderate-risk activities include socially-distanced trick-or-treating (when a bowl of candy is left out for little ghouls) and socially-distanced costume parades. 

October skygazers can also see other noteworthy events this month. For example, comet NEOWISE (named for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which spotted the comet; and also known as comet C/2020 P1) might be visible the morning of Oct. 17 or 18, NASA said.

What’s more, the current background of stars will appear to move westward each morning, while Venus will appear to shift slowly eastward, NASA reported. Venus and the star Regulus will appear at their closest this week, on Oct. 2 and 3.

Originally published on Live Science.

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A rare blue moon will light up the Halloween night sky – msnNOW

Super Blue Blood Moon

Super Blue Blood Moon


Between a once-in-a-lifetime comet and a near-miss with an extremely close asteroid, 2020 has been a strange year for outer space. This October is no exception, bringing a rare blue moon just in time for Halloween.

As some trick-or-treaters stay indoors due to coronavirus safety concerns, October will feature not one but two full moons — a phenomenon known as a “blue moon” — which occurs about once every two and a half years, according to NASA.

Blue moons occur because the lunar cycle and the calendar year are not perfectly synced. Full moons come every 29 days, while most months are 30 or 31 days. The Americas last saw a blue moon in March 2018.

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A full Blue Moon is seen on March 31, 2018, in Millburn, New Jersey.

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The first full moon of the month is coming on October 1. This year, it’s known as the Harvest moon, because it is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.

The second full moon peaks at 10:49 a.m. ET on October 31, creating a spooky backdrop for an unusual Halloween. According to Farmer’s Almanac, the last Halloween full moon occurred in 2001, but only for central and pacific time zones.

This year marks the first time a Halloween full moon has been visible in all time zones since 1944 — meaning every person around the world will experience the Halloween blue moon together for the first time since World War II.

This moon is also known as the Hunter’s moon, which is the first moon following the harvest moon. It was likely named for the time of year to go hunting in preparation for winter. Other names include the Blood moon, Sanguine moon, Travel moon and Dying Grass moon.

Unfortunately, it won’t actually appear blue — the date of a full moon does not affect the moon’s color. But wildfires can affect the moon’s color, so it is possible that skywatchers in the western U.S. may see either a blue blue moon or a red blue moon next month.

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Halloween trick-or-treating

L.A. Halloween trick-or-treating cancelled amid COVID-19 – Los Angeles Times

Chalk up one more 2020 event being canceled by the coronavirus: Halloween.

Trick-or-treating, haunted houses and Halloween parades have been nixed under new Los Angeles County health guidelines.

“Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives,” the Department of Public Health said in a statement.

The news was not well-received by some residents, and even a few celebrities took umbrage with the rules. (Warning: Link includes profanity.)

“I do not agree with the new measures in place,” said Joanna Cortez, an Elysian Valley resident with two nieces and a baby on the way.

“Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity,” she said, noting that wrapped and packaged candy can easily be sanitized before being consumed. “We can have measures in place like social distancing and leaving out candy in a bowl for children versus actually handing out candy.”

But other community members weren’t so sure. James Lamb said that in previous years, he’s had hundreds of trick-or-treaters at his Burbank home on Halloween, but in light of the pandemic, it doesn’t seem like a good idea this year.

“I don’t think there is any good alternative at this point, short of buying your own kids candy and just staying home, unfortunately,” said Lamb, the father of an immunocompromised child.

Health officials insist it can be difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors when children are trick-or-treating.

Other Halloween events — including “trunk or treats” involving car-to-car candy dispersal, which are sometimes held by churches or schools — also are banned. In addition, large gatherings or parties with non-household members — either indoors or outside — will not be permitted under the new health order.

And despite the potential for disappointed children, representatives from the candy industry said they, too, stand behind the county’s decision.

“We appreciate L.A. County’s guidance on how to celebrate the Halloween season in Southern California in ways that inspire creativity and keep Californians safe,” Carly Schildhaus of the National Confectioners Assn. said Wednesday.

The latest guidelines also prevent carnivals, festivals and haunted house attractions, and instead encourage online parties, car parades that comply with vehicle parade protocols and Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters that meet health and safety standards.

Annual Halloween events such as Knott’s Scary Farm and the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland have already been canceled because of the pandemic.

The county won’t strip away all Halloween celebrations. Halloween meals at outdoor restaurants, Halloween-themed art installations at outdoor museums and dressing up homes and yards with decorations are still allowed — provided they comply with countywide COVID-19 protocols.

The latest guidelines follow a scorching hot Labor Day weekend, in which public health officials urged residents to stay home to avoid holiday-related outbreaks such as those tied to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 has claimed more than 13,800 lives in California, with over 744,000 confirmed cases.

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