Good evening fellow travelers and sky watchers!
Earlier yesterday evening I caught the November full moon rising over the trees behind my house.
In the Northern Hemisphere, people call this full moon the Hunter's Full Moon, the name given to the first full moon that follows the Harvest Moon, which if y'all will recall from a previous blog post is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. This year the Northern Hemisphere's Harvest Moon fell on October 5th, almost 13 days following the September 22 fall equinox, making this a late Hunter's Moon. Incidentally, November 4th is about the latest possible date for a full Hunter's Moon.
In the Northern Hemisphere, y'all will be able to see the full Hunter's Moon till at least Saturday, November 4th. This year's late Hunter's Moon is the 2nd largest full moon of 2017. The brightness of the full moon however might interfere with those anticipating the South Taurid Meteor Shower -- but don't worry, the official peak of the meteor shower in North America is in late evening on Friday, November 10th this year.
If you are waiting to see the Full Hunter's Moon tonight, be sure to remember that full moons rise in the east at or near the time of sunset. After that the moon rises about 50 minutes later each following day. For those of us in North America, be sure to remember that late evening of Nov 4-5th at 2 AM is the end of Daylight Savings Time, and take that into account.
Once again I hope y'all enjoyed my photo of the late Full Hunter's Moon of 2017. I will be back soon with more photos of our wandering stars. Till then, keep your eyes to the night skies, y'all.