A full moon is approaching for the month of October, and this bright orange moon known as the “Hunter’s Moon” will grace our skies Sunday through Tuesday.
The full moon peaks at 5:08 p.m. on Sunday and appears full until Tuesday morning. The prime time to take a look at this full moon is Sunday evening, five to 10 minutes before the moon rises, around 6:40 p.m.
The hunter moon refers to the full moon in October. The earliest use of the term was found in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1710. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the name refers to the start of the hunting season. This time of year, fields have usually been harvested and the leaves are starting to fall, which allows hunters to see animals better. This moon is also the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.
Other names come from the Algonquins tribe, including Travel Moon and Dying Grass Moon. These names are believed to refer to the beginning of the fall season and colder weather, when plants begin to die and birds, as well as other animals, begin to migrate.
There are only two moons left for the rest of the year. November will have a “Frost Moon” on November 12th, and December will have a “Full Cold Moon” on December 12th.
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