020 has been a weird year and we're likely to spend Halloween in quarantine (I call it 'Quarantine-O-Ween') but there is something unusual to look forward to. There's gonna be a full moon on October 31st and, thanks to a rare meteorological phenomenon, the entire world will be able to see the full moon.
"When I was teaching, my high school students thought a full moon occurred every Halloween," astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt said. It doesn't and most of the time the rest of the world doesn't see the same full moon, but this year will be different. Residents across both North America and South America will see it, as will India, all of Europe and much of Asia. The last Halloween full moon visible around the globe came in 1944.
The moon is going to be bright and beautiful and you won't need special equipment to see it. "Walk outside, and take a look," Hunt says.
Just don't try to take a photo of it on your cell phone.
"When the moon is photographed with a smartphone the results can be disappointing," Hunt admits. "A telephoto attachment will help make the moon larger. Be sure to check that the adapter fits on your make and model. Also don't overexpose the moon. Adjust the camera's brightness so that features are visible and not blotted out by the moon's brightness."