Hunter’s Moon – The ultimate celestial event in October

“Hunter’s moon” has been a favorite topic among stargazers and astronomers. This term is used for a full moon that rises in the skies during the month of October. It was named after traditional folklore where it was said that hunters killed prey during the bright moonlight, saving food for the following harsh winters.

Below we have gathered some pictures of this year’s hunter moon from all around the world. Take a look!

A beautiful Hunter's moon shining in the dark sky
A beautiful Hunter’s moon shining in the dark sky
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The bright moon above overlooking the waters in  The West Elks AVA
The bright moon above overlooking the waters in the West Elks AVA
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 Full moon over Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas
Full moon over Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas
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Hunter’s moon in full view as seen in the skies of Florida
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The celestial body hovering above the trees at Joshua Tree National Park
The celestial body hovering above the trees at Joshua Tree National Park
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A magnificent view of the Moon as a bright dot surrounded by the clouds
A magnificent view of the Moon as a bright dot surrounded by the clouds
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The full moon of October in full view
The full moon of October in full view
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The sun descends and the moon ascends with Mount Hood in the background
The sun descends and the moon ascends with Mount Hood in the background
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Often times, people confuse the Harvest moon and Hunter’s moon with each other. Although the harvest moon precedes the latter in the month of September, it usually comes in October after every four years. To avoid such mixing up, different names have been given to each month’s moon across different regions.

This Hunter’s moon is linked with feasting as well. In some native tribes of the Northern Hemisphere region, a big feast used to be held to mark the appearance of this October moon. But, there this is a long-forgotten tradition now. However, there is a yearly festival associated with it held in September or early October every year since 1968 in Lafayette, Indiana.

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