2020 will be a treat to skywatchers. Get your instruments ready to capture the beauty of the full moon all through the year.
2019 was an incredible year for skywatchers. For those of you who are already missing the past year, its time to rejoice because 2020 is going to be equally good. You are in for a treat with numerous full moons throughout the year.
According to experts, 13 full moons will appear in the year 2020. Every month is expected to mark the presence of a full moon once, however, October will be exceptional this year.
Experts revealed that a full moon would appear on 1 October 2020 known as the harvest moon followed by another full moon on 31st October. This occurrence will be extremely special as it marks the appearance of the blue moon during Halloween. While the blue moon usually appears every two or three years, it is not common for it to appear during the spooky celebration of Halloween. “After the blue moon on Oct. 31, 2020, trick-or-treaters will need to wait until 2039 to see the next blue moon on Halloween,” said meteorologist Brian Lada to Accu Weather.
While this news might have already lifted your excitement, there is more. Four of these full moons are expected to be supermoons. These supermoons are formed when the orbits are closer to the earth than usual. This phenomenon makes the moon appear bigger and 30% brighter than a normal moon. Since the supermoon usually tracks less than 223,000 miles from the Earth during its full phase, the changes in the moon would not be evident to an average stargazer.
"In 2020, the night sky will feature four supermoons in a row, starting in February and glowing big and bright once each month through May. Although supermoons have gained much attention in recent years, to the common observer, they will look just like many other full moons throughout the year," said meteorologist Brian Lada.
However, that should not spoil our excitement. The four supermoons are set to make their appearance from February to May.
The April supermoon is expected to be the biggest full moon of the year due to its proximity to Earth. The moon will be at a distance of 221,772 miles from the earth, which is closest it'll be in 2020, according to Space.com. Usually, the moon is at an average distance of 238,855 miles away from Earth, as per NASA.
In case you miss the supermoons, you can still watch the other full moons that are set to appear on specific dates every month. June 5th, July 5th, August 3rd, September 2nd are a few dates that are already predicted.
So, keep your fingers crossed and mark your calendars to view these mesmerizing sights this year.