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The Halloween ‘blue moon’ isn’t actually blue, but it’s extra cool. Let us explain

This year has been horrible, but there’s one shining—literally, one could argue—exception to the crappy 2020 we find ourselves enduring.

Tomorrow night, on Halloween, there will be a rare blue moon. (Thanks, Mother Nature, but this doesn’t let you off the hook for COVID-19wildfires, extreme weather, etc.) Here’s what you need to know about this exciting astronomical treat:

HOW DOES THE MOON TURN BLUE?

For starters, that’s a misnomer. The moon remains the same color it always is. The “blue” may come form the Old English word “belewe,” which means “betray.”

OOOH, BETRAYED? YOU MEAN LIKE A TRUE CRIME STORY?

Not exactly. In contemporary parlance, a blue moon refers to a second full moon in one month. Perhaps centuries ago, this was viewed as the moon “betraying” mankind or tricking people with a second full one.

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