Spooky blue moon to illuminate sky on Halloween

The night sky will bring an added treat this Halloween as it features a spectacle that has not occurred in nearly two decades.

Halloween is shaping up much differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic with some communities electing to cancel trick-or-treating to reduce the risk of the virus spreading from one household to another. But in neighborhoods where young masqueraders will be going door-to-door collecting candy, they will have a bright full moon to help light the way.

This won’t be the typical full moon, either — it will be a blue moon.

The moon rises in the sky as seen through the Four Towers, or C.T.B.A. (Cuatro Torres Business Area) in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Contrary to its name, a blue moon does not appear blue in color. It is simply the nickname given to the second full moon in

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Families Celebrate a Spooky Science & STEM Halloween

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The Cradle of Aviation Museum’s annual Family Science Nights return with the beloved “Spooky Science Night” with two socially-distant and limited attendance family sessions on Friday, October 30th at 5pm and 7pm. Each session is packed with stimulating family-fun, STEM activities and a Halloween parade to entertain the entire family. Tickets are $15.00 per person; $10 for Museum Members. All activities are included with admission. All tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Ideal for kids in grades K-5. Info is available at www.cradleofaviation.org/spook…

Activities include:

● Frankenstein Hands: Use your mad scientist skills to dissect frozen hands to discover what is trapped inside.

● Candy Catapults: Protecting your Halloween hoard is serious business. Construct and test your own catapults.

● Boo-Be-Gones: You ain’t afraid of

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Safe Halloween science ideas during COVID

SYLMAR, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Halloween is just around the corner and even though Los Angeles County strongly suggests not to trick or treat this year, there are some other activities that your kids can do virtually.

Mad Science Los Angeles, based in Sylmar, has educational activities for children and is gearing up for a Halloween event.

“Our mission is to bring fun, educational science to children. Our main age range is, generally, we like to say K to 6th. However, we do have some pre-school programming,” said Susan Kilanowski, managing director for Mad Science Los Angeles.

Mad Science is an organization that sets up events and learning seminars mainly for afterschool programs.

They also used to host different events with large groups, but when COVID-19 hit they had to pivot to virtual learning.

“Doing things virtually definitely has some other fun ways that kids can do science at home.

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Apple iPhone 5c Becoming Vintage On Halloween

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  • Apple will be adding the iPhone 5c to its list of vintage and obsolete products on Oct. 31
  • This means users will need to get their damaged units serviced as soon as possible
  • The iPhone 5c was Apple’s first colorful budget smartphone

Apple will be adding the iPhone 5c to its dreaded list of vintage and obsolete products by the end of the month, a report claims.

According to an internal memo acquired by MacRumors, Apple will be including the colorful iPhone 5c to the list of vintage and obsolete products on Oct. 31. This simply states that the device, which was meant to appeal to those looking for cheaper iPhone models and those looking beyond the usual iPhone colors, is that old.

The iPhone 5c, released alongside the iPhone 5s in September 2013, is basically an iPhone 5 but with a plastic casing that comes in a

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U.S. commercial aircraft Resilience makes history with Halloween launch

The first commercially owned U.S. rocket is going to launch into space this Halloween, by way of NASA and Space X.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 flight mission, scheduled to launch on October 31, will carry NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, to the space station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a press release.

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The group will be the first international team to fly a NASA-certified capsule owned and operated by an American company. It will also be the first time an international crew member has flown on a commercial spacecraft from U.S. soil. It will be SpaceX’s second launch.

Michael Hopkins, commander of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, was excited about the launch in a press conference held yesterday,

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Harvest moon tonight and a rare blue moon on Halloween

As if 2020 isn’t weird enough, it’s a year with 13 full moons rather than 12 — and two of these will occur in October.





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October’s first full moon is the harvest moon on October 1, and the second full moon will occur on October 31. That’s right: a full moon on Halloween.

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The full harvest moon will rise at 5:05 pm ET on October 1. The name is given to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. While this full moon usually occurs in September, a full moon on September 2 was too early to be known as the harvest moon. In 2019, the full harvest moon occurred on Friday, September 13.

The full harvest moon provides light for farmers harvesting their crops into the night, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

The moon will appear full for about three days, according to

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Spooky! SpaceX To Launch Next NASA Astronaut Mission To The ISS On Halloween

NASA and SpaceX have announced the date for the first operational mission of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, following a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year.

The mission, called Crew-1, is scheduled to lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket on Halloween, Saturday, October 31 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. On board will be NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

The spacecraft will dock a day after launching, on November 1, when the astronauts will enter the ISS and become part of its crew.

Speaking earlier this week, the Crew-1 astronauts talked about the upcoming mission – which had been pushed back from October 23 – and revealed a few interesting details, including the name for the spacecraft.

“The Crew-1 Dragon capsule, number 207, will henceforth

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NASA schedules the first Crew Dragon operational flight for Halloween

“The new target date will deconflict the Crew-1 launch and arrival from upcoming Soyuz launch and landing operations. This additional time is needed to ensure closure of all open work, both on the ground and aboard the station, ahead of the Crew-1 arrival. The increased spacing also will provide a good window of opportunity to conduct additional testing to isolate the station atmosphere leak if required. SpaceX continues to make progress on preparations of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, and the adjusted date allows the teams additional time for completing open work ahead of launch.”

The mission will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi, to the ISS. There will stay there for six months. SpaceX delivered the Crew Dragon spacecraft that will be used for this flight to Cape Canaveral in Florida back in August. The capsule

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NASA targeting Halloween for next SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut launch

NASA now plans to launch four astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on October 31, a Halloween flight that will mark the first operational use of the capsule following a successful piloted test flight earlier this summer.

The space agency initially targeted October 23 for the “Crew 1” mission, just nine days after the October 14 launch of two cosmonauts and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and two days after NASA flier Chris Cassidy and two cosmonaut crewmates return to Earth on October 21 aboard another Soyuz.

By delaying the Crew Dragon flight to October 31, the station crew and flight controllers in the U.S., Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan will get a chance to catch their collective breath while allowing additional time to resolve any open issues.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew 1 astronauts (L-R): Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins
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One ‘Halloween Blue Moon,’ Two Eclipses And A Once-In-397 Years Sight

A new season of stargazing has begun—and it’s set to be incredible. The equinox on Tuesday signals the beginning of fall or autumn in the northern hemisphere while below the equator, it’s now spring.

Both of these seasons will cease on December 22, 2020 when the solstice occurs. So what has the night sky got lined-up for us stargazers in the three months ahead?

Here’s your ultimate guide to stargazing in this new season:

Thursday, October 1, 2020: A full ‘Harvest Moon’

Today the “Harvest Moon” will rise at dusk in the east. It’s officially full at 5:05 p.m. EDT, but try to watch it at moonrise where you are for the full effect.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Draconids Meteor Shower

Today is the peak of the Draconids, a meteor shower produced each year on this date by dust and debris left in

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