PUBLISHED: 18:36, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:52, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
Stargazers should take note that a somewhat spooky Full Moon will coincide with Halloween this Saturday. A Halloween Full Moon has actually not happened since 1944, according to the Farmers' Almanac, and another will not happen again until 2039. And that is not all, for October 31 finds this Full Moon identified as a rare Blue Moon.
Such a daunting designation simply refers to it being the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.
It will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the 2020 Blue Moon with us!
Gianluca Masi, head of the Virtual Telescope Project
Blue Moons are understood to be relatively rare, occurring on average only once every 2.5 years.
But a Halloween Full Moon is all the more special, as such a serendipitious event has not happened since 1944, according to the Farmers' Almanac.
To put this into proper perspective, such a hair-raising Halloween event will not happen again until 2039.
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Halloween Blue Moon live stream: Italy’s Virtual Telescope Project is live streaming the Blue Moon (Image: Getty)
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Italy’s Virtual Telescope Project, had helpfully arranged for the public to watch the Halloween spectacle without needing to leaving home.
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, head of the Virtual Telescope Project, said in a statement: “October 31 will bring us a so-called Blue Moon.
“[This is] nothing to do with the colour of the Moon, of course, it is just ‘an additional’ one.
“For sure, it will put on its usual great show and we will share the Moon rising above the skyline of Rome.
Halloween Blue Moon live stream: Halloween has a scary surprise in store for trick or treaters and astronomers alike this Saturday (Image: Getty)
“It will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the 2020 Blue Moon with us!”
All that is required to catch this usual lunar event is an Internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone.