Hunter’s Moon: When does October’s full moon peak and what does it mean?
As we enter into the early autumnal months in the Northern Hemisphere stargazing can become difficult because of the obstruction of some dazzling and beautiful full moons in the night sky.
Last month saw September’s large Harvest Moon light up the sky and soon it will be time for the next full moon of the year, the Hunter’s Moon.
The October full moon could provide some spectacular sights as it rises into the night sky, with the early autumn moons often appearing very large, bright and orange.
As the next full moon draws closer, here’s why the 10th full moon of the year is known as the Hunter’s Moon, when it will peak and when you’ll be able to see it in the UK.
What does the Hunter’s Moon mean?
Every year there are a total of 12 full moons, the same number of months that we have in a year.
October’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon and comes after September’s Harvest Moon.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary the earliest use of the term Hunter’s Moon can be tracked all the way back to 1710 and it is believed that October’s moon was given this name because this is traditionally when tribes would begin to hunt in preparation for the long winter season ahead.
As well as the Hunter’s Moon, October’s full moon is also known as the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon, the Sanguine and the Blood Moon.
When does the October full moon peak?
The Hunter’s Moon usually falls in October but sometimes it falls in early November.
This year, the Hunter’s Moon will peak on Sunday October 9.
According to NASA, the moon will appear full for around three days from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning, however the moon will reach peak illumination at 4.54pm Eastern Time, which is 20.54 pm here in the UK.
The moon will rise over the horizon around sunset for several evenings in a row and may appear larger and orange as it rises close to the horizon.