Get Ready for A Massive Full Hunter’s Moon On October 13th

Thanks to the full Moon on the 13th, the spookiest month of the year has got a lot spookier!

October’s full moon will be massive, orange and stunning — the perfect precursor to Halloween.

Halloween is the first thing to jump in your head when someone says ‘October.’ It is the time of the year when we are more prone to believing in superstitions and spooky things.   It is the month that this year’s Full Hunter’s Moon has chosen to fall in this year, and it is going to be bigger than ever before.

The Full Hunter’s Moon will reach peak fullness on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 5:08 p.m.

The Moon will not be visible until around sunset that evening, and it will set around the following day.  This is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night!

As the Hunter`s Moon rises from the horizon around sunset, it may seem much bigger and more orange than usual typical full Moon- but don’t be fooled by the “Moon Illusion,” which makes the Moon appear larger than it really is!”

When the Moon is high in the sky, it is overlooked by the hemisphere of the heavens and it appears as a small disc in the vast sky.

On the flip side, when the Moon is low, it is seen in relation to earthly objects, such as trees or chimneys, whose size provides scale. The brain compares the sizes of the Moon to those objects, making the Moon seem massive!

But why is the moon SO ORANGE?

When the Moon appears very big near the horizon, you may notice that it seems to be more orange in color.  Why? Because the Earth`s atmosphere steps in.

When the Mn is low, it is father from you than when it is straight overheard.  Consequently, the light that is reflected off of the Moon has to travel more and through more air particles to reach your eyes.

By the time we perceive the light, the blue wavelengths of light have been dispersed by the air, leaving only the red (longer) wavelengths to reach our eyes. As a result, the blue hues are filtered out and the Moon takes on an orange tint.

The Legend

According to the Farmer`s Almanac, this full Moon, in particular, is known as the Full Hunter’s Moon because people in the past used it as an indicator of weather, specifically the moon signaled the time to prepare for winter and go hunting.  “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),” the website says.