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2020 brings 13 full moons and a 'rare' Halloween Blue moon

Mark your calendar now: There will also be two supermoons this year!
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A full moon rises over Miami, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The year 2020 is set to be quite the decade-starter for backyard astronomers -- and it gets better if you're a little superstitious.

Thirteen full moons are set to grace the night sky throughout the year, and we've already had one: the January Wolf moon on the 10th. So, expect a full moon each and every month. 

But what about that extra full moon?

That'll be a "rare" Halloween full moon -- a "blue" moon since it'll be the second full moon in October, according to the Farmer's Almanac, not blue in color. It says a full moon on Halloween happens about once every 19 years.

Don't forget about those picturesque supermoons!

Famer's Almanac mentions there will be two this year: March 9 and April 7. For a full moon to be a supermoon, it must come within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth, otherwise known as a perigee. 

The moon will appear as much as 14-percent larger and 30-percent brighter than a normal full moon!

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Here are the dates to mark down in your calendar:

  • Jan. 10: Wolf moon
  • Feb. 9: Snow moon
  • March 9: Worm moon (supermoon)
  • April 7: Pink moon (supermoon)
  • May 7: Flower moon
  • June 5: Strawberry moon
  • July 5: Buck moon
  • Aug. 3: Sturgeon moon
  • Sept. 2: Corn moon
  • Oct. 1: Harvest moon
  • Oct. 31: Blue moon
  • Nov. 30: Beaver moon
  • Dec. 29: Cold moon

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