Tomorrow night, a full Hunter’s moon will be overhead, setting the mood for Halloween.
Similar to September’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights, giving Vancouver Islanders multiple opportunities to view it.
The Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 7:57 a.m. PST on Wednesday, October 20th. You will be able to see it in the sky that night around sunset, at approximately 6:35 p.m.
Along with appearing a perfect Autumn orange hue, the moon may also appear larger than expected.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this is called a “Moon Illusion”. This is a trick of the brain when the moon is still touching the horizon, rather than further up in the sky.
The Hunter’s Moon isn’t actually larger, but this along with its orange appearance makes for the perfect October experience.
Victoria’s weather forecast currently predicts cloudy and rainy conditions over the next few days. This forecast could hinder viewing of the full moon.