Hunter’s Full Moon


This weekend, everyone around the world will see an amazing full-moon lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. The full moon happens on Sunday October 13, 2019 at 21 08 UTC (5 17 p.m. EDT).

The Moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Saturday evening to Monday evening. This will be the Hunter’s Full Moon. On the morning of the full Moon, as morning twilight begins, the planet Mars will appear in the east. You may need binoculars to catch the Red Planet.

The bright stars of of the local arm of our home galaxy, including the constellations Orion and Gemini will appear spread across the sky from  south to southeast, before dawn. On the evening of the full Moon on October 13, 2019, as evening twilight ends, Jupiter and Saturn will appear south to southwest.

Look to the west for the bright orange star Arcturus after sunset. At the evening the Summer Triangle will appear directly overhead. The defining vertices of this imaginary triangle are at Altair, Deneb, and Vega, each of which is the brightest star of its constellation (Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, respectively). This coming weekend, just go outside and look at the sky and enjoy the celestial show.

You don’t need any special equipment but just your eyes.

Clear Skies Everyone!