The Hunter’s Moon 🌘

2 min readOct 9, 2022

The Hunter’s Moon is the first full moon to rise following the Harvest Moon, the full moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox 👀

The Hunter’s Moon appears unusually large and bright, due to its position in the sky — how perfect for the fall season! This is an optical illusion known as the Moon Illusion 🤩

The “Moon illusion” occurs when the entire Moon appears larger than it really is when seen between buildings or among trees and mountains. The brain knows that the objects it is seeing are of different sizes, but when they are all positioned close together, the brain makes them all appear to be the same size 🧠

This full Moon was named the Hunter’s Moon because it indicated the season to go hunting in preparation for the harsh winter ahead, according to folklore 📚

This year’s Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination on Sunday, October 9 at 4:54 p.m. ET ⏳

Take some time to look up at the sky tonight and enjoy the Hunter’s Moon! 😍

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