October month's full moon: Why is it called Hunter's Moon?

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October month's full moon: Why is it called Hunter's Moon?

The full moon appeared on Wednesday night and lit up the night sky with its incredible brilliance. Try a park, away from city lights early before dawn.

The October Full Moon, also known as the Hunter's Moon occurs this Wednesday night.

This particular moon gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. It will look bigger and orange when you see in the early evening, but it's not actually bigger or brighter. Some lunar missions have brought samples back from the Moon's surface, but those are typically held by scientists and museums so they can be studied and shown off.

It is common knowledge that the sun illuminates half the moon.

What is the Hunter's Moon?

A complete cycle takes 29 and a half days.

Therefore, the month of the Mourning Moon varies. It is that part that is visible to us during the day.

Other names for the November Full Moon are Frost Moon, Trading Moon, and Snow Moon.

Getting your hands on a piece of the Moon is pretty darn hard for most of us.

The Hunter's Moon is just one of many names that have been given to October's full moon around the globe, throughout the centuries and in different cultures.

Waning gibbous: More than half of the moon's face is illuminated but darkness is growing. It's likely that an impact of some type between the Moon and some other object caused material including this chunk to be ejected skyward.

Waning crescent: Only a small portion of the moon receives direct sunlight.

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