'Blue Moon' phenomenon occurring on Halloween

'Blue Moon' phenomenon occurring on Halloween

This is the second full moon this October, the first being on October 1, in a phenomenon known as a Blue Moon.

For the first time in almost 50 years, there is to be a full moon on Halloween giving Corkonians an extra bright night on Saturday.

This is the second full moon this October, the first being on October 1, in a phenomenon known as a Blue Moon.

A Blue Moon is quite rare and only occurs every two to three years, which is why there is a saying ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ to characterize rare events.

The next Halloween Full Moon is expected in 2039, so be sure to enjoy this one.

The best time to catch a glimpse of the Blue Moon is after sunset which is around 5pm and it should be visible until dawn (7.30pm).

Astronomy Ireland are asking members of the public to submit pictures of the Blue Moon to them for a piece in the next issue of Astronomy Ireland.

Pictures can be emailed to magazine@astronomy.ie.

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