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Look up! A full Hunter’s Moon will light up the night Sunday

Look up! A full Hunter’s Moon will light up the night Sunday”

The Full Hunter's Moon will reach peak fullness Sunday night at 5:07 p.m.

The hunter's moon isn't necessarily tied to a specific month, and typically falls in the month after the harvest moon, which could be either October or November, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Weather permitting, an incredible celestial sight will rise in the night skies this Sunday.

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If you are catching the last night of back-to-back meteor showers, there is one more skywatching event you don't want to miss this weekend: The full Hunter's Moon. Since fields had been reaped under the Harvest Moon, hunters could more easily see animals. A full-moon phase is as close as the moon can get to being fully lit up by the sun.

The almanac states names for this Full Moon from the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States include the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon, and the Sanguine or Blood Moon. The position of the moon will also make the moon appear bigger than it is, because we'll view it in relation to smaller objects like trees and houses. It is known as Beaver Moon, and is named after beavers who build their winter dams at this time of year. In the middle, they build dome-shaped homes called lodges with underwater entrances.

On the evening of the full Moon on 13 October 2019, as evening twilight ends, the brightest planet in the sky will be Jupiter, appearing in the southwest at about 19 degrees above the horizon.



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