Here are several shots of tonight's full moon as seen around 9:30. It's the hunters moon and, according to the Weather Channel, there was also an eclipse that occurred between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Its name — one of several catchy monikers including the Blood Moon and the Sanguine Moon — reputedly comes from those who used the light to their advantage, according to Science@NASA. “Hunters … tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead,” writes NASA’s Tony Phillips. “You can picture them: Silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood.”I didn't see the eclipse but there was an interesting halo around the moon as it shone down on family hayrides and other fall activities at a nearby pumpkin farm. The glow helped the adventuresome tackle a dark and spooky corn maze while the music of Bruno Mars blasted into the cool night, encouraging hunters of a different type hunting for the exit and a cup of hot apple cider.
Peek outside. You might catch a glimpse of the hunters moon....
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
October 18, 2013