It’s time to prepare for winter: Look up to see the full hunter’s moon tonight

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  • This year the hunter’s moon is the first full moon of autumn.
  • Other nicknames for the October full moon include the Falling Leaves Moon, the Migratory Moon, the Drying Rice Moon, and the Freezing Moon.
  • Last year, the hunter’s moon fell on Halloween night, the first time since 2001 that a full moon was on the horror holiday.

The Predator’s Moon—the first full moon of fall—will rise in the eastern sky on Wednesday night just around sunset.

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The last full moon occurred on September 20, just two nights before the equinox, which marked the beginning of astronomical decline in the Northern Hemisphere, AccuWeather said. It was also the Harvest Moon, one of the most popular full moons of the year.

The October full moon is called the hunter’s moon because it is the time of year when hunters begin to collect food and store it for the long and cold winter months ahead. Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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“Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons,” the almanac said. “The leaves are falling from the trees, the greens have thickened, and it’s time to start storing meat for the long winter ahead.”

Other nicknames for the October full moon include the Falling Leaves Moon, the Migratory Moon, the Drying Rice Moon, and the Freezing Moon.

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As the Moon moves across the horizon around sunset, it may appear larger and more orange according to the almanac. “But don’t be fooled by the ‘moon illusion’, which makes the moon appear larger than it really is,” the almanac said.

Last year, the hunter’s moon fell on Halloween night, the first time a full moon had been on the spooky holiday since 2001. According to AccuWeather, this won’t happen again until 2039.

Moon watchers can also look for stars this year orionid meteor showerHowever, the glare of the Moon will make the meteors difficult to detect.

read more: A Visual Guide to the Full Moon Throughout the Year

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