There are many events that happen in the astronomical cycle every year, with solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, asteroids, blue and red moons, etc.
In this sense, astronomers announce that during the year 2020 we will have 13 full moons, including 2 supermoons and 1 blue moon.
2019 was a great year for Moon enthusiasts with 3 consecutive Super Moons! The first quarter was indeed a delight, but will 2020 be so generous with light fixtures? Astronomers say that while we won’t have 3 supermoons like last time, we will still witness 2 of them.
The lack of Supermoon can be compensated by the presence in October of the Blue Moon no less than on Halloween night which will be truly spooky!
While we see blue moons every 2-3 years, a blue moon on a Halloween night is quite rare. After this year, the next Blue Moon that rises on a Halloween night will be in 2039, according to Briana Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist.
Super Moons and the Blue Moons.
When the moon is closer to Earth than the usual distance, it can appear 30% bigger and brighter than any ordinary Full Moon. This occurs because the Moon’s orbit is nearer to Earth.
To be precise, the Moon is considered a Super Moon if it is less than 223,000 miles from Earth in its full phase. There are some people who put the number at 226,000 while others put it at 223,694 miles.
And when we have two full moons in a calendar month, the latter is traditionally called the Blue Moon.
2020 will offer us at least 2 Super Moons scheduled for March 9 and April 7. Space.com mentions that the Moon on April 7 will probably be the largest Full Moon of 2020, as it will be a short distance from Earth in its orbit.
By when will the rest of the Full Moons appear?
The 13 full moons of 2020 will be the following dates.
We have already witnessed the Moon of the wolf on January 10 and the following, the Snow Moon that was on February 9 at 2:33 am. March hosts the Worm Super Moon on 9 at 1:47 pm, while the next Super Moon or Pink Moon will be at 10:35 pm on April 7.
Exactly a month later, on May 7, we have the Flower Moon at 6:45 am and June has the Strawberry Moon on 5 at 3:12 pm.
The first full moon of the second half of the year, Buck’s Moon will rise on July 5 at 12:44 am followed by the Sturgeon Moon on August 3 at 11:58 am.
The September Full Corn Moon will be on the 2nd at 1:22 am, while the Harvest Moon will be on the 1st of October at 5:05 pm.
The only Blue Moon of the year will be Halloween night, that is, on October 31 at 10:49 am. The last two full moons of the year will be on November 30 and December 29. They will get up at 4:29 am and 10:28 pm respectively.
If you are a lover of the wonders that nature offers us and especially of the splendor of the moon, you have a year in which you can enjoy all the events that it brings us.