Get out and see the ‘Hunter’s Moon’ rising tonight

October’s Full Moon also goes by the name “Hunter’s Moon.” 
By | Published: October 24, 2018 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

The Hunter’s Moon is the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox. (6-inch Celestron refractor at f/8, Canon EOS Rebel XT digital SLR, ISO 100, 1/30-second exposure) Timothy L. Kerr captured this image on October 14, 2008, from Hubert, North Carolina.

Timothy L. Kerr
Full Moon officially arrives at 12:45 p.m. EDT, but it should look completely illuminated all night. 

You can find it rising in the east around sunset and peaking in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon resides in the northern part of the constellation Cetus. 

October’s Full Moon also goes by the name “Hunter’s Moon.” In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about a half-hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination supposedly helps hunters track down their prey.