Hunter's Moon? ~ Pumpkin Moon?


Full Moon Exact: Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:23pm PDT (04:23 UT Sunday, Oct. 16)

A Random Act of Kindness Lifts Our Spirit

Image: John Stetson helped local students
C. LaCroix and C. Miller
snap this picture.

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In 2016, Hunter’s Moon Is Also a Supermoon
The Full Moon on the night of October 15-16 ushers
in the first of three supermoon Full Moons in 2016,
the closest and biggest Full Moons of the year.
This moon’s perigee or closest point comes on
October 16, at 4:36pm PDT (23:36

In the Northern Hemisphere traditionally the Full Moon following the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter’s Full Moon. The origin of the name actually relates to the harvest.

... 1 month after the harvest hunters used to ride out under the light of this full moon to hunt the small animals that came out to forage what was left of the harvest. Star Gazer

Since I’m not a hunter and love animals and pumpkins, I prefer calling this Moon the Pumpkin Moon. Hmmm ... A random act of kindness is bound to lift all of our spirits during this time, so let's surprise our little animal friends. Let's do something nice for them and make this a "no hunting" Full Moon!

The Moon rises in the east as the sky darkens, is high overhead around midnight and sets in the west around sunrise. Catching a moonrise or moonset means you are more likely to see a colorful Moon. The closer the Moon is to the horizon, the more its light is tinted by our atmosphere and our pollution. Maybe you'll get lucky and actually see a pumpkin colored Moon! Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

... the moon's tilt at this time of the year makes the "man in the moon" particularly visible. Some astronomers believe jack-o-lantern carving was inspired by the rising, orange October moon ..." USA Today 2001 Oct. 31

The Moon will look Full for two nights - Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16. 'Tis the season for a heavenly jack-o’-lantern to be smiling down upon you!

On the average, the moon rises 50 minutes later every night. But not the Hunter’s Moon! At mid-northern latitudes, the Hunter’s Moon rises about 35 to 40 minutes later for several evenings in a row around now. And at far northern latitudes, the Hunter’s Moon rises around 15 to 20 minutes later for several evenings in succession.

2016 Libra Full Moon Global Meditation invites you to participate in the
Libra Global Meditation. Join us on Saturday,
October 15 at 9:23pm PDT (04:23 UT 10/16)
This meditation occurs at the exact time of the Full Moon.
If you are unable to join us at this time, choose a time
within 12 hours before or after the exact Full Moon.


Note: Halloween is usually depicted with a witch riding a broom in front of a Full Moon. Many people, as a result mistakenly believe there is a Full Moon every year on Halloween. In fact, there was a Halloween Full Moon in 1955 followed by one in 2001 46 years later, and we'll have to wait until 2020 for the next Halloween Full Moon!

A Witch by Starlight


Reach for Heaven's Light,
if you ever have a fright!

Happy Halloween!

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May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun


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