Spooky season is here, and it can’t begin in a better way than with the sighting of a Full Hunter’s Moon. The special moon is due to rise on October 13 and to set the following morning.
Full Moons are a sight to behold, and some full moons have a special meaning, to the extent that they are given unique names. One of such full moons is known as the Hunter’s Full Moon, which occurs at a certain period every year.
Full Hunter's Moon | Photo: Shutterstock
October 13 will see it make its annual appearance, and once again leave observers thrilled.
WHEN DOES THE FULL HUNTER’S MOON APPEAR?
The Full Hunter’s Moon will be at its peak on Sunday, October 13, at 17:08 EDT. The moon will be seen in the sky at sunset and will remain visible until sunrise the next day.
This makes it the only night in October when the moon remains in the sky for the whole night. The Hunter’s moon will appear bigger than the moon really is, and may also look more orange in color. This is because the moon rises from the horizon during sunset, and is only an illusion.
OCTOBER’S MOON PHASES
The month of October will have four moon phases, which are the periods when the moon is at its first quarter, full, last quarter, and finally, the phase when the new moon appears.
The first quarter appeared on October 5, while the Full Moon (Hunter’s Moon) is due on the 13th. The last quarter will make its appearance on October 21, while the New Moon makes its way on October 27.
A full moon rises over Almodovar del Rio Castle on March 31, 2018 in Almodovar del Rio, Cordoba province, Spain | Source: Getty Images
WHAT DOES THE HUNTER’S MOON MEAN?
The Hunter’s Full Moon is one of two Moons which do not have their names tagged with a particular month. The Hunter’s Moon has a direct relationship with the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon happens to be the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox.
The Hunter’s Full Moon, on the other hand, is the first Full Moon that occurs immediately after the Harvest Moon. With this relationship in mind, it means that Hunter’s Full Moon doesn’t have a specific month in which it occurs, as it could occur either in October or November, depending on the occurrence of the Harvest Moon.
Harvest Moon in Autumn rising over trees in a forest | Source: Getty Images
There are several people who believe that the Hunter’s Full Moon is called by that name because it occurs at a time when hunters go to hunt prey in preparation for the Winter season, after farmers had harvested their produce; thus making it easier to find animals for hunting.
APRIL’S PINK MOON
A view of the full moon over the sky of Rome on June 23, 2013 in Rome, Italy | Photo: Getty Images
Another Moon that has a strange name and history likened to that of the Hunter’s Full Moon is the “Pink Moon.” The Pink Moon occurs in April and is so-called because its occurrence coincided with the blooming of the wildflower known as “Moss Pink,” or “Wild ground phlox.” However, unlike its name, the Pink Moon is not pink in color; rather, it is yellow or golden orange.
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