Full Spirit Moon: Don't miss the last supermoon of the year
This year's Full Moon's is also a supermoon, meaning it's near perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth during its monthly trip around our planet. Because of this supermoon status, the full moon should appear about 14 percent larger, a subtle amount to the amateur field, EarthSky noted. It should look brighter, and it should appear orange if you catch it close to the horizon.
How is the Spirit Moon’s different from other full moons? The Hunter’s Moon ( or Spirit Moon) always occurs in autumn. In the Northern Hemisphere, it usually falls in October, although it can come as late as early November. In the Southern Hemisphere, a full moon with Hunter’s Moon (Spirit Moon) characteristics comes in April or May.
Autumn full moons – like the Spirit Moon’s or Harvest Moon – are different from other full moons. That’s because, in autumn, the ecliptic – or path of the sun, moon and planets – makes a narrow angle with the evening horizon. That fact causes several sky phenomena. For example, the location of the moonrise on your horizon, for several nights around a Northern Hemisphere autumn full moon, is noticeably farther north along the eastern horizon for several nights in succession.
October Full Moon Names from different cultures
Tugluvik (Inuit). Kentenha (Mohawk). Long Hair Moon (Hopi) Ten Colds Moon (Kiowa). Falling Leaves Moon (Arapaho). Corn Ripe Moon (Taos Native American). Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon (Neo-Pagan). Leaf Fall Moon (San Juan Native American). Blood Moon, Wine Moon (Mediaeval English). Blood Moon Falling :Full, Leaf Moon :Dark (Janic). Hunter's Moon, Travel Moon, Full Dying Grass Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).
Photo Credit: Charles G. Summers
Other Moon names : Spirit Moon, Snow Moon, Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, White Frost moon
VIDEO Moon Rising ~ Oct 2015