This Halloweekend, a full Hunter’s Moon will grace our skies. On Saturday, October 28th, the Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination on Saturday afternoon at 3:24 pm. For the best look, The Old Farmer’s Almanac advises to wait until sunset.
Anticipate the complete Hunter’s Moon illuminating the night sky in a warm, orange glow, which complements the autumn season perfectly. Furthermore, the Moon Illusion might lead to an optical illusion where the full Hunter’s Moon seems larger than its true size. This occurs because the moon will hang low in the sky, allowing viewers to juxtapose it with terrestrial landmarks like trees and buildings, leading to the illusion of an unusually large moon.
As described by The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name “Hunter’s Moon” has its origins in a diverse range of Native American, Colonial American, and European traditions. Predictably, this name derives from the moon’s historical role in signaling to hunters that it was time to make ready for the onset of winter.
Nonetheless, similar to the Harvest Moon in September, the Hunter’s Moon is linked to the autumn equinox. Other names used for the October moon encompass the Drying Rice Moon, the Falling Leaves Moon, the Freezing Moon, and the Migrating Moon.
Also, if you’re too busy getting into Halloween activities to miss the full moon on Saturday, don’t worry. The moon will shine full for a few days after.
The next full moon won’t be until November 3, 2023, that is better known as the full Beaver Moon.
So get ready for a dazzling lunar experience you won’t want to miss!