We love seeing the moon anytime during the year, but the Hunter’s Moon in November is a sight we definitely don’t want to miss. During this yearly natural phenomenon, the moon gets a lot closer to Earth than it typically does, making it look brighter and bigger than usual, not to mention extremely gorgeous.
This year, the Hunter’s Moon will be full and directly opposite of the sun at 12:23 a.m. Central Time on November 4. But because the moon is so bright when that happens, it’s uncomfortable to look at with the naked eye at that precise moment. It’s probably a better idea for you to plan to watch the Hunter’s Moon the night before instead, on November 3. That way, the moon will still have a noticeable difference in color and appearance, but it won’t be so bright as it is when it’s totally full. Lucky onlookers might even catch a glimpse of the moon when it appears orange.
The Hunter’s Moon, which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon that took place in October, has long been described as a good time to hunt. Since the harvest has already passed, hunters can easily see fattened-up animals and plan their course of action. Sometimes, it’s also called the Beaver Moon, based on a Native American tribe’s name for the natural phenomenon. Two interpretations of this name include that it was a good time to set beaver traps to ensure good winter furs, and that it’s simply an active time for beavers as they prepare for colder months ahead.
No matter what name you think is best for this moon, it’ll certainly be a glorious sight to behold. Considering how impressive last year’s was, we can’t wait to see what this year has in store!