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Hunters Moon

October Hunters Moon

Octobers Full Moon

Hunters Moon is the name given to the full moon we see in October every year.  The earliest use dates to 1710, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Hunters can find fattened animals, such as deer, at this time of year, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, NASA reported.

A full moon this week will be a pale light onto fallen leaves this Wednesday morning (Oct. 20).

The moon will be full at exactly 10:57 a.m. EDT  (2:57 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday

Our sun, Earth and moon line up (in that order), according to NASA.

This is Because the moon’s orbit is about 5 degrees different than Earth’s.    Sometimes it is often a bit higher or lower than Earth’s shadow.  This allows the sun to bathe the side of the Moon facing Earth with light when there’s a full moon.   According to Andrea Jones, a science communicator at NASA, who had previously stated to “Live Science” in a video interview.

October’s Hunters Moon will appear full for three days.  Starting from Monday night (Oct. 18) through Thursday night (Oct. 21). Skygazers can also catch another treat; the Orionid meteor shower, peaks Wednesday, although the light from the full moon may make it hard to see the shower’s “shooting stars,” Space.com, a Live Science sister site, reported.

According to the now-defunct Maine Farmer’s Almanac, which, in the 1930s, reported on Native American moon names, common names for the October moon included the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon and the Sanguine or Blood Moon, among the Algonquin tribes of North America, NASA reported. Some of these names likely refer to leaves changing color in autumn and the dying back of plants, whereas the Sanguine and Blood Moon reference hunting.

The Travel Moon

may refer to the migration of birds and other animals getting ready for winter. “I don’t know, but this name may also refer to the season when the more northern tribes would move down from the mountains for the winter,” Gordon Johnston, a NASA program executive, wrote in a post. “For example, both the Iroquois and Algonquin would hunt in the Adirondacks in the summertime but would leave to avoid the harsh mountain winter.”

Meanwhile, in India, October’s full moon coincides with the seasonal monsoon rains. For Hindus, this full moon marks the harvest festival Sharad Purnima. The full moon also signals the end of a three-month meditative period for Buddhist monks known as Vassa, or “rainy retreat” which is also known as the Buddhist Lent.

Scientists recently coined a new moniker for this full moon — the Lucy Moon, in honor of NASA’s Lucy mission that launched on Oct. 16 and is journeying to the Trojan asteroids. These asteroids go around the sun with Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Lucy will spend 12 years exploring seven of these asteroids, as well as one asteroid from the main asteroid belt that Lucy will encounter on its way, NASA reported.

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