Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Full Hunter’s Moon To Light Up The Night Sky

Full Hunter’s Moon To Light Up The Night Sky

It's the full moon that follows September's harvest moon, which comes around the start of the autumn equinox.

Full Moon officially arrives at 12:45 p.m. EDT, but it should look completely illuminated all night.

Skywatchers are in for an experience that's literally out of this world: a full moon, known as the Hunter's Moon, will take place on Wednesday. It occurs after the Harvest Moon and this year it will be seen on the night of October 24.

Although this time the name of the full moon is quite unique, it doesn't really appear much different from the other full moons.

The name harks back to the First Nations of North America.

'According to the Farmer's Almanac, with the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt, ' a NASA spokesperson said.

It's called the hunter's moon because October is typically the month when hunters prepare for the coming winter.

Now, these names are not random, rather there is always a reason behind the names of the full moons. It is also known as blood moon due to the orange-red tinge of the moon. This is why the October's full moon has been named the Hunter's Moon.

The moon, which has already put on a show, will shine brilliantly for the next few nights.

Despite usually appearing in October, once every four years the Hunter's Moon rises in November. It happens from October 2 to November 7 annually thanks from the debris from Halley's Comet.

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