Welcome to the October 2019 weather thread!
The Full Hunter’s Moon will reach peak fullness on Sunday, October 13.
The moon won’t be visible in the sky until right around sunset that evening, and will set around sunrise the next day. It’s the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long.
Because the Hunter’s Moon rises from the horizon around sunset, it may appear bigger and more orange than your typical full moon.
The Hunter’s Moon relates directly to the Harvest Moon. The first full Moon to occur after the Harvest Moon (which is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox) takes on the mantle of “Hunter’s Moon,” which means that the Full Hunter’s Moon may occur in either October or November, depending on when the Harvest Moon is.
Some folks believe that this full moon was called the Full Hunter’s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Since the harvesters had recently reaped the fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the fattened deer and other animals that had come out to glean (and the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).