October’s full moon, also known as the hunter’s moon, reaches peak fullness and brightness Wednesday. The moon has already put on a show and will shine brilliantly for the next few nights.

The hunter’s moon is the full moon that comes after the harvest moon, the first full moon after the equinox. A hunter’s moon usually falls in October but sometimes in November.

The name ties into multiple historical traditions, and the moon occurs when it’s prime time for stocking up on game animals, such as deer, ahead of the coming winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, the hunter’s moon occurs six months from now.

In Washington, Wednesday’s full moon rise is set for 6:44 p.m., or during the finality of the twilight period, about 30 minutes after sunset (6:17 p.m.). Clear skies should allow optimal viewing in the Mid-Atlantic as well as along the West Coast. Cloudy conditions in the central and southeast United States will impair sky-watching conditions.

While Wednesday is the full moon, the difference in illumination is difficult for the eye to discern in the nights and days surrounding totality. With this in mind, Thursday morning will offer a special treat of a nearly full moon still hanging in the sky for about 30 minutes after sunrise. A daytime moon will then be visible through the rest of the week.

In addition to the hunter’s moon, the Orionid meteor shower is still going on. The brightness of the hunter’s moon may overpower it, but there’s at least a somewhat better shot than normal of also catching a shooting star while looking up.

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).

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

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