Full Hunter's Moon rises early Sunday morning

The Full Hunter's Moon will shine in a cloudless sky Saturday night and early Sunday.

October's full moon is known as the Hunter's Moon, and you can see it Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The moon is technically full at a single instant -- this time, 12:23 a.m. Sunday. To the casual observer, it will appear full when it rises at 6:29 p.m. Saturday, and nearly so on Friday night.

The first full moon after the autumnal equinox is always known as the Hunter's Moon, coming after the Harvest Moon.

This year's Hunter Moon can also be considered a "supermoon" because it occurs when the moon is close to perigee, its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit. It reaches perigee at 7:47 p.m. Sunday.

Skies will be perfectly clear, allowing the moonlight to shine brightly.

It isn't the biggest supermoon of the year, though -- that comes next month, when the Full Beaver Moon arrives Nov. 14 coinciding with the closest lunar perigee of the year, at a distance of less than 222,000 miles.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the moon will be closer to Earth at that time than it has been since 1948.

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