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There's Going To Be A Rare Bright Orange Hunter's Moon This Weekend

Joanna Freedman

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There's Going To Be A Rare Bright Orange Hunter's Moon This Weekend

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Mark your diaries, because there's going to be a rare bright orange full Hunter's Moon this weekend.

If you fancy a spot of stargazing on Sunday evening (October 13th), then provided the clouds stay away, you're going to be in for a treat.

Because in true Halloween autumnal style, October's Hunter's Moon can occasionally appear in a pumpkin orange hue, with a 'halo' like glow.

The orange tint occurs because the moon is closer to the horizon during its rise than at any other point of the year.

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The Hunter's Moon has an orange glow Credit: PA
The Hunter's Moon has an orange glow Credit: PA

If you fancy catching a glimpse, the moon will rise just after sunset, at around 6.35pm, and is expected to be full at 10.07pm.

While it will be highest in the sky at midnight, Sunday is also the only evening (weather permitting) when the moon will be visible for the whole night.

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To add to the spectacle, if visible when the sun is up, the moon can shine so brightly it looks like there are two suns in the sky.

The Hunter's Moon was named by Native Americans, who gave it a different title each month.

As the name suggests, it signals the time they finished harvesting crops in September, and could instead focus on hunting game for the winter.

The moon is also known as a Travel Moon or the Dying Grass Moon Credit: PA
The moon is also known as a Travel Moon or the Dying Grass Moon Credit: PA
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This moon is also sometimes known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon, and is when the sunset and moonrise are closest together.

And it is steeped in spiritual symbolism too. While October is typically linked to death, for the astrology buffs amongst us, the Hunter's Moon often symbolises a chance for people to move on in their lives, and embrace important changes.

While you should be wary of avoiding any moves that could trigger negativity around the time of the Hunter's Moon, you should also allow yourself to go on a spiritual journey should the opportunity arise.

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Or you could just get a nice picture of it and move on with your life, whatever floats your boat.

Topics: Life News

Joanna Freedman
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