Risky Blue Moon on Halloween. What are the chances?

The spooky season is upon us, and this one will be a little spookier.

The night sky on Halloween will be illuminated by a blue moon, the second full moon of the month. The relatively rare occurrence happens once every two and half years.

October’s first full moon is also known as the harvest moon that already appeared on October 1st. The second full moon or blue moon will be rising over the eastern horizon at sunset on Halloween night. It’s also the first time a Halloween full blue moon has appeared since 1944 according to The Farmer’s Almanac.

When a phrase “once in a full moon” was originally stated, it meant so rare you would be lucky (or unlucky) to see one in your lifetime according to NASA.

So if anything unusual happens to you on Halloween, there just may be a reason why.

Indian Summer

Now summer wanes into fall,

The heat and strife abate.

And coolness settles over all,

The sun lags so late.

Blue hazes obscures the farthest hill,

And thoughts like cattle hug the fold.

The peaceful air is bright and still,

Who minds this growing old?

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The hazy appearance of the fall days is produced by frost. When water freezes inside tree leaves it cracks the cells. The volatile hydrocarbon compounds are evaporated by the heat of the sun and the wind, and the skies have a bluish haze..

The Indians told stories about the haze and writers in the 1800’s recorded the legend of Indian Summer.