Oct 31, 2020

Halloween blue moon tonight

Halloween fans are in for an extra spooky treat as a full moon is set to light up the night sky on Saturday.

Traditional festivities will look very different this year because of coronavirus.

However, on the plus side aspiring werewolves will be able to practise their howling.

This will be the first time since 1974 that there has been a Halloween full moon across Ireland and the UK, according to Astronomy Ireland.

And, as it is the second full moon of October, this is also known as a 'blue moon', although it will not appear as blue in the night sky.

"The perfect full moon occurs at 14:49 on Halloween and as the sun sets, the moon will be rising at the same time" said David Moore from Astronomy Ireland.

"The Halloween full moon probably only happens a few times every century and it won't happen again in Ireland and the UK until 2039."