This month’s full moon will occur on October 28 at 20:24 GMT. This will be the Hunter’s Moon, following the Harvest Moon closest to the autumn equinox.
The Hunter’s Moon can be in October or November (in the Southern Hemisphere – in April or May). The name is associated with hunting since, at this time, it is easier to spot animals in the fields. In 2023, the Hunter’s Moon will be on October 28, 2023, in the Northern Hemisphere, and on April 24, 2024, in the Southern Hemisphere.
Traditional names for the Full Moon from Native American tribes include Migrating Moon (bird migration), Freezing or Ice Moon (first frost), Falling Moon, Leaf Moon, and Dying Grass Moon. Other names: Good Moon (China), Blood Moon (Wiccan), Seed Moon (South Africa), and in the Southern Hemisphere, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, Pink Moon, and Waking Moon.
On October 28 at 20:14 GMT (4:14 pm ET), some parts of the world will experience a partial lunar eclipse. Earth’s shadow will hide part of the Moon’s surface, so it may look as if someone has taken a bite out of our Moon.
On October 29, the Moon will be near Jupiter in Aries, and on October 30 – near the Pleiades cluster. Despite the waning phase, the Moon will appear full. In October, meteors from the Orionids, and Southern and Northern Taurids can be seen, but the Full Moon may interfere with their observation.
The November Full Moon, or Beaver Moon, will occur on November 27, 2023.
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