There is a Full Moon tonight, Sunday, October 13, 2019. But not just any full moon.
That’s because this Full Moon is a low-hanging Hunter’s Moon that will appear big and orange when it rises.
What Time Does The 2019 Hunter’s Moon Occur?
On Florida’s east coast, the Hunter’s Moon will rise over the Atlantic Ocean around 7:11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, October 13, 2019, and set the following morning around 7:54 a.m., with some slight time variation (+/- 20 minutes) depending on the viewer’s exact location in Florida.
When is the best time to watch October’s Full Moon?
Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.
So, the Hunter’s Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise.
Why is October’s Full Moon Called a Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans looked to October’s full moon as the signal to gather meat for winter so this full moon was called the Hunter’s Moon.
The “Blood Moon” name is believed to come from the blood associated with hunting or the turning of leaves to red during the Fall.
Are Blood Moons Red?
The date of a full moon, all by itself, doesn’t affect the full moon’s color.
However, because this is a low-hanging moon, the moon’s light reflected from the Sun must travel through more atmosphere which can turn the color of the moon orange-yellow.
In this video, a low-hanging Blood Moon rises over the Atlantic Ocean which appears big and yellow.