Full Thunder Moon

The Full Thunder Moon on July 18, 2008. (NASA/Sean Smith / July 3, 2012)

Watch the Full Hunter's Moon arrive Friday night, from your backyard or along with planets and stars at the Maryland Science Center's observatory.

The moon will appear at its largest and brightest in the sky at 7:38 p.m., while it is still relatively low in the sky. Sunset Friday is at 6:23 p.m., while moonrise is at 6:12 p.m.

The "hunter's moon" is among the most well-known, always coming after September's harvest moon. October's full moon is also known as the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon.

This month's full moon also coincides with a slight lunar eclipse, though it likely won't be noticeable to the naked eye, according to EarthSky.org. Earth's shadow will be cast on the moon's edge at moonrise in the Americas and at moonset on the other side of the world. Europe and Africa will get a better view of the eclipse.

One way to get a better look at the full moon, the eclipse and other stars and planets is to visit the science center's skygazing night, held every Friday. The center had planned an "Observe the Moon Night" for Oct. 11 in honor of International Observe the Moon Night on Oct. 12, but postponed the event to coincide with this Friday's stargazing night.

Join science center staff and guest scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab to observe the moon from 7 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.