Look To The Horizon: Hunter’s Moon Happening This Weekend
Oct 11, 2019, 9:32 AM | Updated: 9:44 am
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The first full moon after the autumn equinox is called the “Hunter’s Moon,” and it’s happening this weekend.
According to EarthSky.org, the Hunter’s Moon is happening Oct. 11 – 14, and it’ll rise in the early evening. The moon ‘s orbital path makes a narrow angle with the evening horizon around the time of the equinox, slowing down the pace of how late it rises. While the full moon typically rises 50 minutes later each night, over the next few days, that increment is chopped down to 20 minutes.
When viewed shortly after sunset, the full moon is seen through the thicker layers of atmosphere, which scatters blue light more effectively — giving the moon that beautiful, orange glow.
EarthSky.org notes that this is true with any full moon — not just those that happen during the equinox., but there’s something about this time of year that makes that yellow moon a little more interesting.
The moon will rise Friday at 6:24 p.m., Saturday at 6:48 p.m. and Sunday at 7:14 p.m.