Full Moon 2018: When and where to see the Hunter's Moon TONIGHT


On October 24 sees the full moon rise, and this month it’s called the Hunter’s Moon.

The moon will be fully illuminated by 5.45pm BST, but will still be below the horizon.

But the beautiful moon will still be visible into the evening.

The moon will be visible all around the UK, and you’ll have a better chance of a good view if there are no clouds above you.

The full moon follows September’s autumnal .

What is the Hunter’s Moon?

Every Full Moon is given a name based on the month in which it falls and October’s is known as the Hunter’s Moon.

Many of the names given to full moons can be traced back hundreds of years to the Native Americans and were passed on to colonial Americans when they arrived in North America.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac said: “The Algonquin Native American tribes referred to October’s moon as the full Hunter’s Moon because it signalled the time to go hunting in preparation for winter.

“Since the harvesters have reaped the fields, hunters can easily see the fattened deer and other animals that have come out to glean and the foxes that have come out to prey on them.”

This is just one of many names given to over the centuries by cultures all around the world.

Across southeastern Asia, October typically marks the end of the monsoon and has influenced the nickname for the month’s Full Moon.

“For Hindus, this full moon is Sharad Purnima, a harvest festival marking the end of the rains.

“For Buddhists, this full moon is Pavarana, the end of Vassa – sometimes given the English names ‘Rains Retreat’ or ‘Buddhist Lent’ – the three-month period of fasting for Buddhist monks tied to the monsoons,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac said.

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Occasionally, October’s Full Moon can also be the famed , the name given to the Full Moon closest to the Autumn equinox.

However, in 2018, the Harvest Moon fell on September 24, just days after the autumnal equinox.

People heading outside to gaze at the Hunter’s Moon may also spot a few meteor streaks across the sky.



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