October’s full moon, the Hunter’s Moon, rises Oct. 9

On Oct. 9, the full Hunter’s Moon will rise once again, reaching peak illumination at approximately 4:54 p.m. ET (8:54 p.m. UTC). As with all full moons, the moon will appear bright and full during the night before and the night after the peak, offering skywatchers three chances to bask in the autumn moonlight.

The best time to watch the full moon is around sunset, when the moon will rise over the horizon, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. When the moon is low in the sky, it may also appear larger and brighter than usual thanks to a well-known optical illusion, known as the moon illusion. Essentially, your brain perceives the moon as larger when it rises near smaller objects like treetops and skyscrapers, rather than when it is high in the vast and empty sky.

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