The full Hunter’s Moon rises tonight

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This full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, as it follows the Harvest Moon in succession. “Since the harvesters have reaped the fields, hunters can easily see the animals that have come out to glean,” writes NASA. It has also been referred to as the “Beaver Moon” since it coincides with the time Native American set traps for the large rodents, which are busily preparing for winter.

The Hunter’s Moon officially becomes full at 1:23 a.m. Eastern on Saturday but will appear full as long as it visible throughout the weekend.

Sky conditions should generally promote good viewing in the Northeast and Southeast as well as the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies, but the moon may be obscured by clouds in the Pacific

NorthwestEarthSky.org writes this moon is the year’s second biggest. This is because the moon is near perigee, when it is closest to Earth in its orbit. When a full moon occurs right a perigee, it is known as a supermoon. This month’s moon doesn’t quite meet that criteria, but December’s so-called “Cold Moon” will.

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