This Halloween Season, October's Full Hunter's Moon Will Glow Orange And Appear Bigger Than Usual

This Halloween Season, October's Full Hunter's Moon Will Glow Orange And Appear Bigger Than Usual

Wherever you are, make sure you take a few moments to gaze at the orange moon hanging in the sky.

On October 13, 2019, if you're out for a stroll as the sun sets or you're sitting on your porch enjoying a beautiful autumn evening, you will have the wonderful chance of catching the Hunter's Moon, big and bright, lighting up the sky.

Hanging in the darkness of the night sky like an orange diamond, it's a sight you definitely want to catch and if you miss it, you will have to wait till next fall to see it once again, according to People.


With Halloween season just weeks away, the bright orange moon with its orange glow will appear bigger and be the sky's own spooky decoration for the season.

When can it be spotted?

Appearing around sunset and disappearing around the next sunrise, the Hunter's Moon will reach its peak fullness at 5:17 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2019, as reported by NASA Science's Solar System Exploration website, while The Old Farmer's Almanac website reports that it would reach full peakness at  5:08 p.m. EDT. However, it will become brighter only as the sky turns darker after sunset.


"The October full moon will happen on the 13th and is known as the Hunter's Moon," Tania de Sales Marques, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich tells Country Living. "The Moon will rise just after sunset, at 18:35 and will be highest in the sky around midnight, so if you go for a walk after dinner and the skies are clear, face south and you should be able to spot a beautiful full moon."

Why is it called Hunter's Moon?

The story behind the significance of the moon is entwined in early folklore, as its believed to have been the prompt for hunters to prepare for the oncoming winter.

Marques said, "This name is thought to date back to early European and Native American tribes who would associate October's full moon with the season for hunting game and preparing for the winter months."

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With the moon lighting up the barren fields, this time of the year was considered to be the best time to hunt. Other names given to the Hunter's Moon include terms such as Sanguine or Blood Moon. These names could have been linked to the blood that comes as a result of hunting or it could be referring to autumn's effect on the leaves. Other names that have been used in connection to this particular full moon are Travel Moon and Dying Grass Moon.

What makes the moon appear orange?

For any moon, it is the proximity to the horizon that gives it a yellow, orange, or reddish color. As for the Hunter's Moon, "It’s the location of the moon near the horizon that causes the Hunter’s Moon – or any full moon – to look big and orange in color," wrote Deborah Byrd for EarthSky.org.


While most full moons have names that are linked with the months, there are only two moons that have its names associated with the season; Hunter's Moon is one of them while the other is the Harvest Moon.

Apart from the color of its appearance, the Hunter's Moon is also special because compared to other days, there is barely any darkness between the sunset and moonrise, as explained by Chronicle Live. And as a result of this, when the Hunter's Moon is up in the sky at the same time the sun is up, it can appear as if there are two suns hanging above you on two different ends.

So, wherever you are on October 13, be sure to drop everything for a few moments just to gaze at the mystical sight of the Hunter's Moon.