Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Hunter's Moon 2018: When it is and why it's called that

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Theresa Hayes | 27 October, 2018, 18:15

The moon has been shining brightly during the early evenings this October, but stargazers were treated to a particularly special lunar event on Wednesday night. Hunting was essential at this time of the year, as it was the preparation for the upcoming winter.

Images from around the world show the Moon glowing eerily in the October night sky, whilst footage from Novotel London Canary Wharf shows a stunning timelapse of the Full Moon.

Hunters would use the moonlight to track down deer which had fattened up over the summer.

October's full moon is known as the Hunter's Moon. It will look bigger and orange when you see in the early evening, but it's not actually bigger or brighter.

The moon, which has already put on a show, will shine brilliantly for the next few nights.

It is common knowledge that the sun illuminates half the moon. For example, in southeastern Asia, October is usually known as the end of monsoon season, so that influenced the nickname for the month's full moon.

A complete cycle takes 29 and a half days.

Therefore, the month of the Mourning Moon varies.

Waxing crescent: As the moon moves around the Earth, the side of the moon we see slowly begins to be lit by sunlight.

Some years, the Mourning Moon is in November, while other years, it is in December.

Other names for the November Full Moon are Frost Moon, Trading Moon, and Snow Moon.

Waning crescent: Only a small portion of the moon receives direct sunlight.