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There Will Be A Blue Moon This Halloween

There Will Be A Blue Moon This Halloween

This Halloween there will be a blue moon for the first time since 31 March 2018. It will be the last blue moon to fall on Halloween until 2039.

If you're unaware, a blue moon refers to there being two full moons within the space of one calendar month. So unlike a blood moon or a super moon, in which the physical appearance of the moon is - or at least appears to be - altered, this just means there will be two full moons in October. The first will fall on the first day of the month, and the second, obviously, on the last.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It means that, in 2020, there will actually be 13 full moons in the calendar year, not the usual 12. And while that sounds like the makings of some terrifying supernatural occurrence - or perhaps even the End Of Days - it likely won't be.

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That being said, this being 2020 - and it occurring on Halloween and therefore being extra spooky - who knows what the actual reality of this blue moon might be. Maybe aliens will come visiting. Perhaps those fabled murder hornets will finally start attacking the planet.

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Or maybe the world will just carry on as usual and it'll be really cloudy and we won't even notice that there's a full moon in the sky. That would be kind of sad, though - full moons are beautiful.

Credit: Griffin Wooldridge/Pexels
Credit: Griffin Wooldridge/Pexels

Whatever happens, because of social distancing and the restrictions that may still be in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, there might not be any trick or treating, so it could be a very different kind of Halloween to the ones we're used to.

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Still, we can look at the moon and then, when we get bored, settle down and watch a scary movie. The 1981 classic An American Werewolf In London - which was directed by Blues Brothers director John Landis - features three different versions of the song 'Blue Moon', so that seems to be the most appropriate choice. Plus it's really great. And watching Halloween on Halloween would be such a cliche.

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Topics: UK News, space, Moon

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]