October’s Super Hunter’s Moon

FullMoon_CS2_UnsharpMastAppImContrast_100_6065Last month, we had the Super BloodMoon, a very rare event with the confluence of a total lunar eclipse and lunar perigee occurring during the full moon phase. Although the full moon phase is the only phase during which a lunar eclipse can occur, that it occurred during lunar perigee was purely coincidental. This month we have the Hunter’s Supermoon. The designation, “SuperMoon” simply means that the moon is at perigee or closest approach to the earth during it’s 29.5 day cycle and, thus, will appear slightly larger than usual. Last month and this month, it just so happened that this occurs during the full moon phase. That it is rare and purely coincidental that full moon occurs during lunar perigee is significant enough, but that it occurs two consecutive months during the same year is extraordinary. This month, full moon occurs at 8:05 AM, EDT, Tuesday, October 27th with the moon at a distance of 360,000 km. It’s average distance is 384,400 km, thus, the moon is 24,400 km closer at full moon this month than it normally is, hence it appears larger in our sky with the designation “Super” moon. Another point worth noting, since full moon occurs today, Tuesday, October 27th at 8:05 AM, EDT, during daylight hours, both yesterday and today will “share” the full moon phase in that the moon was waxing towards full yesterday, Monday, October 26th and waning away from full today and thus, will appear full at its rising on both dates.

In that last month’s full moon was significant, as noted above and discussed in September’s Super BloodMoon, September’s full moon is also known as the Harvest moon, the full moon closest in occurrence to the Autumnal Equinox. Occurring during fall harvest, the Harvest Moon would allow farmers to take advantage of the full moon’s brilliance to extend the time during which they could harvest their crops.

October’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon. In that October’s temperatures are still moderate, hunters (of all varieties, winged, 4-legged and human) would take advantage of the full moon’s brilliance to extend the time during which they could hunt in preparation for the coming, lean winter months.


4 thoughts on “October’s Super Hunter’s Moon

  1. Thank you for the wealth of information on the Super Moon and Hunter’s Moon. The lunar eclipse last month was so fun to capture on my camera. I had to much haze for the super moon…


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