When is the Full Hunters Moon in October 2017? Discover the origins of the name, and the history of the October Moon.
To mark the occasion of the last October Full Moon, we hosted a live broadcast on Saturday evening, October 15. During this free show, you could get a closer look at the Full Moon through Slooh’s telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, exploring the face of our closest neighbor as it moves across the night sky,
Astronomy Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Bob Berman, discussed what causes the Full Moon and pointed out some of its interesting features. They also discussed the title Supermoon, exploring what causes the Moon to appear to grow in size, and explaining why last October’s Moon doesn’t quite meet those criteria. Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, joined Paul to share with viewers some of the fascinating history, legend, and lore surrounding the October Full Moon.
Click below to watch a replay of the video!
October Full Hunters Moon
Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”
This is the first Full Moon following September’s Harvest Moon. It rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long.
Moon Phases for October (EDT)
See the Moon Phase Calendar to get dates and times for YOUR town.
|Full Moon: October 5, 2:40 P.M.|
|Last Quarter: October 12, 8:25 A.M.|
|New Moon: October 19, 3:12 P.M.|
|First Quarter: October 27, 6:22 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Hunters Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some fascinating Moon facts. In this video, learn about the Full Hunter’s Moon. Click below to watch the video.
Best Days in October 2017
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in October.
- Aboveground crops: 25, 26
- Belowground crops: 15–17
For Setting Eggs:
- 9, 10, 28
- 1–5, 19–31
Moon Facts and Folklore
- Corn planted under a waning Moon grows slower but yields larger ears.
- Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.
- A new Moon in your dreams promises increased wealth or a happy marriage.
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