Hunter’s Moon Rises Bigger and Brighter This Year

Hunter's Moon taken by Karen Jean Darwin

Hunter’s Moon taken by Karen Jean Darwin


This weekend is the hunter’s full moon, particularly Saturday night. Every month’s full moon has it’s own name, or many names depending on the culture. The hunter’s moon is a name originating in the Northern Hemisphere, where during the fall season hunters would be preparing for winter.

The October moon is also special because it rises just 30 minutes later each day, whereas the rest of the year the moon rises 50 minutes later each day. A hunter’s moon specifically though is the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon. The harvest  moon you’ll remember is the full moon which occurs closest to the Autumnal Equinox.

This hunter’s moon will be just slightly bigger and brighter than most years because it’s also a supermoon. Supermoon isn’t a scientific term with a strict definition, but has commonly been used to refer to a moon at perigee.

Perigee is the point in the moon’s monthly cycle when it’s closest to the Earth, so when this happens during a full moon the moon appears ever-so-slightly grander.

The best time to catch the hunter’s moon will be when it peaks Saturday Night at 11:23 p.m., but it will still appear full on Sunday night, especially if you’re not an avid skywatcher. If you miss the hunter’s moon, there will be two more supermoons this year, in November and December. November’s supermoon will be the closest to Earth, and so will appear a little larger and brighter than the others.