October 13 brings another full moon, and this one will be mighty fine to look at — making for particularly bright nights.
This full moon is often called the Hunter's Moon, Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon, according to the Farmer's Almanac. It was a significant marker for Native Americans, who knew it as a good time to hunt animals fattened in the waning summer.
"Since the harvesters have reaped the fields, hunters can easily see the animals that have come out to glean (and the foxes that have come out to prey on them)," NASA writer Gordon Johnston said.
The Hunter's Moon will peak on Sunday evening, appearing opposite the sun as it begins to set. It will look full roughly between Saturday morning and Tuesday morning.
"Some sources indicate that the Dying Grass, Sanguine, and Blood Moon are thought to be related to the turning of the leaves and dying back of plants with the start of fall," Johnston said. "Others indicate that that the names Sanguine or Blood Moon are associated with hunting and the Hunter's Moon. I have read that the name 'Travel Moon' comes from observing the migration of birds and other animals preparing for the winter."
— NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) October 7, 2019