Rare Blue Moon lights up skies across the world on Halloween Night

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Britons were on Saturday treated to the spectacular sight of the first Halloween Blue Moon in 40 years.

The incredible sight was photographed in places including London, Birmingham, Gravesend and Wiltshire.

The moon was also seen in the likes of Argentina, across the US, Spain, Turkey and Israel. 

It is the first time since 1944, during the Second World War, that a Blue Moon has been visible all across the world on Halloween. 

The name of the phenomenon stems from the fact that it is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month. The first one of October occurred right at the start of the month. 

Given that trick or treating has been largely cancelled this year because of coronavirus restrictions, Britons and others across the world had the perfect chance to see the moon in all its glory without any distractions. 

The last time the UK saw a Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was 1955.  

Anyone with a smartphone will have been able to get a good snapshot, such was the moon’s size on Saturday evening. 

Britons were on Saturday treated to the spectacular sight of the first Halloween Blue Moon in 40 years. Pictured: The moon visible above Tower Bridge in central London

Britons were on Saturday treated to the spectacular sight of the first Halloween Blue Moon in 40 years. Pictured: The moon visible above Tower Bridge in central London

The incredible sight was photographed in places including London, Birmingham, Gravesend and Wiltshire. Pictured: The scene in Birmingham

The incredible sight was photographed in places including London, Birmingham, Gravesend and Wiltshire. Pictured: The scene in Birmingham

The name of the phenomenon stems from the fact that it is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month. The first one of October occurred right at the start of the month. Pictured: The scene in Gravesend, Kent

The name of the phenomenon stems from the fact that it is the second full moon to appear in a calendar month. The first one of October occurred right at the start of the month. Pictured: The scene in Gravesend, Kent

Given that trick or treating has been largely cancelled this year because of coronavirus restrictions, Britons and others across the world had the perfect chance to see the moon in all its glory without any distractions. Pictured: The Blue Moon visible behind Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire

Given that trick or treating has been largely cancelled this year because of coronavirus restrictions, Britons and others across the world had the perfect chance to see the moon in all its glory without any distractions. Pictured: The Blue Moon visible behind Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire

The last time the UK saw a Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was 1955. Pictured: The moon above the Pensaw Monument in Sunderland

The last time the UK saw a Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was 1955. Pictured: The moon above the Pensaw Monument in Sunderland

In Huddersfield, a person was seen holding a witch's hat as the light of the moon made them stand out

In Huddersfield, a person was seen holding a witch’s hat as the light of the moon made them stand out

In Dunsden, Oxfordshire, the Blue Moon was also photographed. It is the first time since 1974 that the phenomenon has occurred on Halloween across the UK and Ireland

In Dunsden, Oxfordshire, the Blue Moon was also photographed. It is the first time since 1974 that the phenomenon has occurred on Halloween across the UK and Ireland

Again in Sunderland, a zoomed in photo showed the Blue Moon in all its glory, with even its craters visible

Again in Sunderland, a zoomed in photo showed the Blue Moon in all its glory, with even its craters visible

The moon was also clearly visible in many cities across the world, including this scene captured in Jerusalem, Israel

The moon was also clearly visible in many cities across the world, including this scene captured in Jerusalem, Israel

In Ankara, Turkey, the moon was seen bright yellow as it loomed over a domestic home

In Ankara, Turkey, the moon was seen bright yellow as it loomed over a domestic home

In New York, the moon was seen rising behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center

In New York, the moon was seen rising behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center

In Istanbul, Turkey, the moon was seen hanging over the Great Camlica Mosque

In Istanbul, Turkey, the moon was seen hanging over the Great Camlica Mosque

The special moon was also seen rising over the La Plater River in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a crane stood in the foreground

The special moon was also seen rising over the La Plater River in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a crane stood in the foreground

And in Madrid, a bird stood on its nest as the rare Blue Moon rose behind it

And in Madrid, a bird stood on its nest as the rare Blue Moon rose behind it

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