Tonight we are going to see the Full Blood Moon, rising into the sky at dusk.
The moon will officially become full tonight, Wednesday, the 24th of October, but it is going to look full from today through Thursday night, as NASA announced.
The Full Moon of October is called the Hunter’s Moon as it comes at a time when the leaves typically are falling from the trees, and farmers have cleared their fields, making it easier for hunters to target their game.
According to the lunar blog of NASA by Gordon Johnston:
The earliest usage of the term Hunter’s Moon, which is cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710. Some sources also suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either connected with the blood from hunting or the turning of the leaves in fall.
The Native American tribes identified this Full Blood Moon of October by some other names. In the Northeast, the Algonquin people called it the Beaver Moon, and this is a name which probably comes from the timing – the middle of fall is a good time to set beaver traps before wetlands freeze over. Or, it was probably because beavers are known to be very busy this time of the year, as they are preparing for the winter.
Either way, the moon of this month comes with another peak. The Orionid meteor shower is also wrapping up over the following few weeks and should still be visible in parts of the sky not washed out by the moonlight.
The Orionids were described as the most beautiful meteor shower of the year, as brilliant bits of debris from the Halley’s Comet which can sometimes appear fireball-like as the planet Earth passes through their celestial real estate.
They are also moving at about 148,000 mph through the atmosphere, in that way featuring up to 20 visible meteors in our hour.
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