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Rare Blue Moon on October 31: Visible from everywhere after 76 years

In 2020, people across all time zones can see the moon for the first time since 1944.

October is officially the month of festivities and this year it was even more special as we are experienced a real “once in a blue moon” phenomenon on October 31. (Image: AFP)

October is officially the month of festivities and this year it was even more special as we are experienced a real “once in a blue moon” phenomenon on October 31. (Image: AFP)

Much to the delight of sky watchers, there were two full moons in October – one on October 1, the other on October 31. (Image: AFP)

Much to the delight of sky watchers, there were two full moons in October – one on October 1, the other on October 31. (Image: AFP)

When such a rare phenomenon occurs, i.e., when there are two full moons in one calendar month, the second full moon is called the Blue Moon. (Image: AFP)

When such a rare phenomenon occurs, i.e., when there are two full moons in one calendar month, the second full moon is called the Blue Moon. (Image: AFP)

his phenomenon is so rare, that it gave birth to the proverbial phase “once in a blue moon”, which is used to denote something that does not occur frequently. (Image: AFP)

This phenomenon is so rare, that it gave birth to the proverbial phase “once in a blue moon”, which is used to denote something that does not occur frequently. (Image: AFP)

Usually, every month has one full moon and one new moon. However, sometimes, a calendar month gets two full moons. (Image: AFP)

Usually, every month has one full moon and one new moon. However, sometimes, a calendar month gets two full moons. (Image: AFP)

In 2018, there were two Blue Moons – first on January 31, second on March 31. (Image: AFP)

In 2018, there were two Blue Moons – first on January 31, second on March 31. (Image: AFP)

The last time there was a Blue Moon in a month with 30 days was on June 30, 2007, while the next will be seen on September 30, 2050. Meanwhile, the next Blue Moon will be seen on August 31, 2023. (Image: AFP)

The last time there was a Blue Moon in a month with 30 days was on June 30, 2007, while the next will be seen on September 30, 2050. Meanwhile, the next Blue Moon will be seen on August 31, 2023. (Image: AFP)

Blue Moons play a significant role in folklores and often find mention in horror stories and fantasies, such as The Smurfs movies. (Image: AFP)

Blue Moons play a significant role in folklores and often find mention in horror stories and fantasies, such as The Smurfs movies. (Image: AFP)

On October 31, the full moon will be visible to all from around 8.19 pm and incidentally, the Blue Moon will coincide with Halloween 2020. (Image: AFP)

On October 31, the full moon will be visible to all from around 8.19 pm and incidentally, the Blue Moon will coincide with Halloween 2020. (Image: AFP)

One must note here, although we call it the Blue Moon, it does not mean the moon actually appeared blue in the night sky on October 31. In fact, if the moon ever does appear blue to us, it would be because of the dust and smoke particles present in the atmosphere. (Image: AFP)

One must note here, although we call it the Blue Moon, it does not mean the moon actually appeared blue in the night sky on October 31. In fact, if the moon ever does appear blue to us, it would be because of the dust and smoke particles present in the atmosphere. (Image: AFP)

Generally, the Blue Moon is visible from some parts of the world and not all. This year, however, people across all time zones could see it. What’s even more impressive is that this occurrence of seeing the moon from everywhere is took place after almost 76 years. Last time it took place in 1944. (Image: AFP)

Generally, the Blue Moon is visible from some parts of the world and not all. This year, however, people across all time zones could see it. What’s even more impressive is that this occurrence of seeing the moon from everywhere is took place after almost 76 years. Last time it took place in 1944. (Image: AFP)

First Published on Nov 1, 2020 11:26 am
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