A Flower Moon, A Strawberry Moon, A Worm Moon, Plus a Rare Blue Moon in 2020

Moon gazers, plot your calendars.

Thank your lucky, or perhaps unlucky, stars. According to astronomers, there will be 13 full moons in 2020, including two supermoons and a rare blue moon during the month of Halloween.

Contrary to what the name suggests, a blue moon isn’t actually blue. It occurs when two full moons take place in the same month, and the second full moon of that month is what people call a blue moon. It’s a rare occurrence that happens once every two or three years, but this year’s blue moon will be even stranger as it will fall in the month of October, exactly on the night of Halloween.

Now that’s spooky. According to Accuweather, the next blue moon won’t fall on Halloween again until 2039.

Meanwhile, a series of four supermoons will take place one month after the other from February to May. Supermoons are full moons that appear larger and brighter than regular full moons as they orbit a little closer to the Earth than normal.

Check out the nicknames of the 2020 moons down below:

January 10: wolf moon
February 9: snow moon
March 9: worm moon
April 7: pink moon
May 7: flower moon
June 5: strawberry moon
July 5: buck moon
August 3: sturgeon moon
September 2: corn moon
October 1: harvest moon
October 31: blue moon
November 30: beaver moon
December 29: cold moon

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