(CNN) – October’s full moon is just around the corner and serves as a reminder: the strange season it’s fast approaching.
On Sunday, October 9, shortly before 5 pm ET, the full moon will reach its maximum illumination, the The US Naval Observatory’s Astronomical Applications Department said. But the moon will still be below the horizon—you’ll have to wait until sunset to fully enjoy the hunter’s moon and its ghostly glow.
Why the hunter’s moon? According to EarthSky, each full moon comes with a long list of nicknames usually tied to the months of the year in which it occurs. The hunter’s moon and its September predecessor, the harvest moon, however, are named after the seasons.
September full moon it was closest to this year’s autumnal equinox, which fell on September 22, making it the 2022 harvest moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The full moon after the harvest moon defaults to the hunter’s moon.
(Native American tribes have different names for full moons, such as the Arapaho Tribe’s “Falling Leaf Moon” for this month’s full moon, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s “Ice Fish Moon” for the full moon that occurs in December.)
Historically, the Hunter’s Moon has signaled to farmers that it was time to prepare for the cold winter ahead, as the full moon’s light provided easy visibility to hunt the animals that would feed them during the cold months, as reported. The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
“Animals begin to fatten before winter, and since farmers had recently cleared their fields under the harvest moon, hunters could easily see deer and other animals that had come out to root through the debris remaining,” said the Almanac. .
While these early farmers looked to their illuminated fields during the full moon for a successful hunt, you might be encouraged to look up. (And if you feel inclined, you always can do some meal prep.)
You’ll first be able to see the hunter moon in the sky on Saturday, October 8. And as the sun sinks below the horizon on Sunday night, when it reaches its peak, the moon will appear larger and more orange than usual, a result. of the “moon illusion” phenomenon, a trick your brain plays on your eyes.
When the moon is low in the sky, it is seen relative to things like chimneys and trees so our eyes can understand its size and shape, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Your brain compares the size of the Moon to trees, buildings, or other landmarks, and suddenly, the Moon looks massive!”
Remaining events in 2022
The hunter’s moon won’t be the weekend’s only reason to keep your eyes on the sky: the Draconid Meteor Shower it will be best visible around 7 pm ET on October 8. The meteor shower occurs “when Earth collides with fragments of debris shed by the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner,” according to NASA. Virtual Institute of Research in Exploration of the Solar System said “The comet orbits the sun once every 6.6 years, leaving in its wake tendrils of dust,” explained NASA, which are visible to the naked eye.
You can also see the peak of these upcoming meteor shower events later this year, according to EarthSky’s 2022 Meteor Shower Guide:
• Orionides: October 20-21
• Southern Taurides: November 5
• Northern Taurides: November 12
• Leonidas: November 17-18
• Gemini: December 13-14
• Ursids: December 22-23
There are two more full moons on the calendar for 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
• November 8: Beaver Moon
• December 7: Cold moon
And there will be two more eclipses, one solar and one lunar, this year.
A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to people in parts of Greenland, Iceland, most of Europe, northeast Africa, and west and central Asia.
A total lunar eclipse on Nov. 8 will be visible in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America, and North America between 3:02 a.m. and 8:56 a.m. ET. But for people in eastern North America, the moon will set during this time.
It is important to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view solar eclipses safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.
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