Breakdown: Why a full moon on Halloween is so rare

Breakdown: Why a full moon on Halloween is so rare

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A full moon will rise in the sky on Halloween night. Although the full moon is common in Halloween movies and books, it actually doesn’t occur that often.

A Halloween full moon typically occurs every 18 or 19 years. The last full moon in the Mid-South was in 2001, but the entire country hasn’t seen a full moon since 1944.

This full moon is extra special because it is a blue moon, or the second full moon in a month. The other full moon this month was October 1st.

In addition, the Halloween full moon will also be considered a micro moon because of its far distance from Earth. It will be about 250,000 miles from Earth and appear 14% smaller than normal.

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