Spooky season is here, and it’s the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of a Full Hunter’s Moon on Oct. 13.
The Full Hunter’s Moon is expected to be bigger and brighter than usual, since it will rise from the horizon close to the sunset, giving off a bright orange appearance, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
The October full moon will mark the only night this month when the moon will be visible in the sky all night. The moon is set to reach its peak appearance on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 5:08 p.m. EDT. However, for those hoping to catch a peek at the moon, it won’t be visible until around sunset.
Want to know the exact time of moonrise in your location? See the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Moonrise and Moonset Calculator. The calculator lists the moon’s rise over the Huntsville area at approximately 6:34 p.m. on Sunday.
NASA says the moon will appear “opposite” the sun and will appear full for three days through Tuesday.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the origin of the name isn’t quite clear, but the name “Hunter’s Moon” is thought to come from Native American folklore, similar to other moon names.
Some people believe this bright orange moon is called “Full Hunter’s Moon” because it once served as a signal to begin hunting ahead of winter.
The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1710.
Whether you use the day to mark your own hunting season or you just like to get into the Halloween spirit, see the Full Hunter’s Moon on October 13 in all of its orange glory.