2019 had been a super year for the Moon enthusiasts with 3 consecutive Super Moons! The first quarter was indeed a treat last year but will 2020 be as generous with the luminaries?
Astronomers say while we won’t be getting 3 supermoons like last time, we will still witness 2 of them.
The lack of one Super Moon can be balanced out by the presence of the Blue Moon on none other than the Halloween night! With October hosting 2 full luminaries, Halloween will indeed be spooky!
While we get to see Blue Moons every 2 or 3 years, a Blue Moon on a Halloween night is quite rare. After the 2020 Halloween Blue Moon, the next Blue Moon to rise on a Halloween night would be in 2039, according to Briana Lada, an AccuWeather meteorologist.
What Exactly Are Super Moons And Blue Moons?
When the Moon is closer to the Earth than the usual distance, it can appear to be 30% bigger and brighter than any ordinary Full Moon. This happens since the orbit of the Moon is closer to the Earth.
To be precise, a Full Moon is considered to be a Super Moon if it tracks less than 223,000 miles from Earth in its full phase. There are some people who put the number to be 226,000 while some others put it at 223,694 miles.
And when we have 2 Full Moons in a calendar month, the latter is traditionally named the Blue Moon.
2020 will be offering us at least 2 Super Moons, scheduled on 9th March and 7th April. Space.com mentions that the 7th April Moon will probably be the biggest Full Moon of 2020 since it will be at the shorted distance from Earth in its orbit.
When Are The Rest Of The Full Moons Taking Place?
According to Eastern Time in the US, the 13 Full Moons of 2020 will be on the following dates.
We have already witnessed the Wolf Moon on 10th January and the next one, the Snow Moon is on 9th February at 2:33 am. March hosts the Worm Super Moon on the 9th at 1:47 pm while the next Super Moon or the Pink Moon will be at 10:35 pm on 7th April.
Exactly 1 month later, on 7th May, we have the Flower Moon at 6:45 am and June hosts its Strawberry Moon on the 5th at 3:12 pm.
The first Full Moon in the second half of the year, the Buck Moon will rise on the 5th of July at 12:44 am followed by the Sturgeon Moon on August 3rd at 11:58 am.
The September Corn Full Moon will be on the 2nd at 1:22 am while the Harvest Moon will be on 1st October at 5:05 pm.
The only Blue Moon of the year will be on Halloween night, i.e. 31st October at 10:49 am. The last two full luminaries of the year will be on the 30th of November and the 29th of December. They will be rising at 4:29 am and 10:28 pm respectively.
The details about these Full Moons have been collected from TimeAndDate.com, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and the Farmer’s Almanac.
Note the dates down and make sure you don’t miss the Full Moons of the first year of the new decade!