On September 22, the autumn, a time when temperatures begin to drop, daylight hours shorten and forests fill with color. It is also about one of the seasons of the year preferred by fans of astronomy, since it is characterized by offering the best shows in the night sky.
October is precisely the month with the most astronomical phenomena of 2020. This Thursday, October 1, first big full moon at 11:05 p.m. on the peninsula, according to Astronomical Agenda for the year 2020 of the National Geographic Institute (IGN).
The moon that can be seen tonight has a special peculiarity. It is the popularly known as “harvest moon” and its size will be much larger than usual. But why that name? It refers to the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the time when farmers relied on the light of the moon to be able to cultivate the crop for longer.
This is how the lunar phases will be during the month of October
The lunar cycle lasts approximately 29.5 days and during this time the different phases of the moon follow one another: first quarter, full moon, last quarter and new moon. October is a special month marked on the calendar and there will be two full moons, an unusual event.
Further, this second full moon coincides with the most mysterious night of the year: Halloween. Thus, on October 31 we will be able to observe the famous “blue moon”, a phenomenon that is rarely repeated.
After passing the first phase, the satellite will continue with its cycle and on the 10th it will be in the last quarter, around 0240 hours. The new moon will take place on October 16 at 9:31 p.m. and the first quarter will occur almost at the end of the month, on October 23, at 3:23 p.m.
It is possible to observe the moon when it is still day, this means that it is in one of its waxing or waning phases. It will complete its cycle on October 31 with the second great full moon of the month.