October Hunter’s Moon: Best Time to Look

by Michael Freeman

More than just a full moon, the “Hunter’s Moon,” as it’s called, will light up the night sky tomorrow. Like most space viewings though, there is an opportune time to view it, and doing so then will greatly enhance the experience.

The Farmer’s Almanac states the Hunter’s Moon will reach its best illumination at 10:57 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow. Notably, it will be below the horizon at this time, so you’ll have to wait until sunset. The Hunter’s Moon is similar to last month’s Harvest Moon in that it rises around the same time. Additionally, it will actually last a few nights in a row, so you can begin looking for it today.

The Hunter’s Moon will appear larger than a typical full moon and much more orange, making it perfect to view around Halloween. It’s thought the event is called what it is because it used to signal the perfect time to hunt and begin winter preparations. In the same vein, animals prepared for the harsh weather by fattening up. Hunters were further aided by the fact farmers cleaned out fields thanks to the Harvest Moon, making animals like deer, wolves, and foxes more visible.

Experts Say the Hunter’s Moon May Cause Strange Symptoms

Some people believe the planets’ formations and the stars can cause odd behaviors or symptoms. While you may think to shrug such thoughts off, scientists say feeling strange around this time is perfectly normal.

Myths and sayings about full moons affecting behavior aren’t something new. However, lately, it seems to be going a step further, with mental and physical symptoms manifesting as well. The Organic Pharmacy spoke to Express UK about the topic, talking about the duration and timing of symptoms.

“Many people believe that their health and behavior is controlled by lunar phases, and have noticed certain health symptoms flaring up during the time of a Full Moon,” they informed Express UK. “Most commonly, people notice symptoms up to three days before and three days after a full moon, as well as on the night of the full moon itself.”

Furthermore, they outlined five symptoms to be aware of. Disturbed sleep, immune system problems from parasites, moon migraines, increased appetite, and kidney pain comprise the signs to look for.

On the other hand, many of these are common occurrences and could just coincide with the Hunter’s Moon. Hal Arkowitz and Scott O. Lilienfeld wrote about a phenomenon with events like the full moon which may be where these thoughts originate.

“When there is a full moon and something decidedly odd happens, we usually notice it, tell others about it, and remember it … In contrast, when there is a full moon and nothing odd happens, this nonevent quickly fades from our memory,” the two posted for Scientific American. “As a result of our selective recall, we erroneously perceive an association between full moons and myriad bizarre events.”

In short, no one really knows if the moon affects us in such ways, but it’s fun to think about.