Get ready to gaze at the first of two full moons for October; On this Thursday (October 1), the sky will be dazzled for the first time and the second will start shining later this month. Halloween (31 October)
It is rare to have two full moons in a month. To mark the occasion, the second full moon will be known as the “blue moon”, although it will not actually appear blue. (The Moon appears blue only when the Earth’s atmosphere contains a large amount of particles, Like dust from a volcanic eruption, Which scatter different amounts of light at different wavelengths.) Another “blue moon” definition highlights the third of four full moons in the same season.
To see Thursday’s full moon, also known as the harvest moon, set an alarm for 5:05 pm EDT (2105 UTC), the moment when the moon is “opposite” to the sun in longitude on Earth Is visible According to nasa.
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If you are busy at that moment, you can still catch the celestial show, as the moon will appear full for three days, starting today (Saturday 30) to Saturday morning (October 3).
The harvest moon is associated with 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 of the year, the harvest moon shines in September, but this year it is illuminating the night sky in October, as it is closer to the full moon Come to the equinox, Which fell on 22 September this year. (Consequently, September full moon Took the name “Corn Moon.”)
Other names for October 1 include the traveling moon, the dying grass moon and the bayonet or blood moon (according to the Algonkin tribes, who lived in the American Northeast, at least according to the now-defunct 1930s Maine Farmer’s Almanac) . This full moon also coincides with the autumn and harvest festivals in Asia, including the Moon Festival and Mooncake Festival in China, and Chusok, a harvest festival in Korea that is celebrated when townspeople honor their ancestors’ spirits. To his hometown, according to NASA.
Meanwhile, the blue moon will shine on Halloween at 9:49 AM EDT (14:49 UTC). Traditionally, this full moon would have helped trick-or-treaters find their way into the dark, but this year The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says COVID-19 causes “participating in traditional trick-or-treating, where children are treated with children going door to door” Universal epidemic.
The CDC said low-risk activities include pumping up pumpkins, virtual costume contests, and watching Halloween-related movies with your home. Medium-risk activities include socially perverted trick-or-treating (when a bowl of candy is left for a little slurry) and a socially perverted costume parade.
October SkyGazer can also see other notable events in this month. For example, Comet NEOWISE (named for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer that spotted the comet, and also known as Comet C / 2020 P1) is probably October 17 or 18. Visible in the morning, NASA said.
NASA reported that more, the current background of the stars would be seen moving towards the west each morning, while Venus would appear to gradually shift eastward. Venus and Star Regulus will appear this weekend. On 2 and 3 October.
Originally published on Live Science.