Rare blue moon will light the sky this Halloween

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A rare blue moon will light the way for all the ghosts and goblins this year on Halloween.

This is the first time it will take place on Halloween on all time zones since 1944.

Michelle Nichols, the director of public observing at the Adler Planetarium, said that the moon won't actually be blue. The name refers to the time the full moon appears in the sky.

"it's a phrase that has come to mean it doesn't happen very often," Nichols said. "A full moon on Halloween is even more rare."

She said sky gazers can also look to the east after sunset and they will be able to see the planet Mars.

The last blue moon occurred in March of 2018.

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