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2020's Harvest Moon rises tonight, and here’s why it's really special this year

2020's Harvest Moon rises tonight, and here’s why it's really special this year
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Harvest moon to rise over Canada's skies this week!

Today marks the first day of the spookiest month of the year, and as it turns out, today also marks the first full moon of the month!

But that’s not all… 

2020 has been a strange year and to add to the list of things unusual about it, it's a year with 13 full moons rather than the usual 12.

And that’s not all… 

Of the 13 full moons, two of these will occur in the month of October.

The Harvest Moon rises on Thursday, October 1, and will reach its peak illumination at 5:06 pm (ET).

The second full moon will occur on October 31, just in time for All Hallows' Eve, and will be the rare blue hunter's moon.

While the moon won't actually look blue, a second full moon in one month is a rare occurrence— thus the famous expression, "once in a blue moon."

According to the Weather Network, this is the first time since 1974 that the Harvest Moon gets a Full Moon all to itself. And in case you are wondering, a full moon occurs on Halloween every 19 years, so you can expect the next full moon on Halloween in 2039.


Tonight’s moon will appear full for about three days, according to NASA.

The full moon expected on October 31, will rise at 10:49 am ET— making it visible across time zones.





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