Graphic showing the full moon on Oct. 1, third quarter moon on Oct. 9, new moon on Oct. 16, first quarter moon on Oct. 23 and full moon on Oct. 31


Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 31


Night Sky

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General Audience


This month brings not just one but two full Moons. The Harvest Moon – the one that peaked on October 1 – is the name for the full Moon that occurs closest to the September equinox. The second full moon this month, called a Blue Moon, will provide an astronomical treat to skygazers on Halloween, October 31.

Watch this month's episode of What's Up to learn more:

Here's what you can see in the sky in October 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | Watch on YouTube

For more details and skywatching tips, visit NASA's Solar System Exploration website.

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Events are based on visibility in the Northern Hemisphere. Dates and clock times are for the Pacific time zone unless otherwise noted.