Lunar eclipse to occur during Full Hunter's Moon Wednesday morning

A full lunar eclipse will occur during the Full Hunter’s Moon, creating a spectacle that may make the moon appear in a rusty hue early Wednesday morning.

The moon will be full at 6:51 a.m. Wednesday, so it will be shining big and bright Tuesday night, though it won’t be technically full yet.

Just about half an hour before that, the peak of a lunar eclipse will begin. "Totality" of lunar eclipse starts at 6:25 a.m., falling just before sunrise on the East Coast. The moon will be passing within the Earth's shadow.

It can appear reddish, depending on the presence and abundance of dust particles in the atmosphere, prompting some to call it a "Blood Moon."

This is the second of four consecutive full lunar eclipses, a phenomenon known as a tetrad, according to NASA. The last occurred in April, and the next will occur next April.

Native Americans named October's full moon the Hunter's Moon because in October they would start storing up meat for the winter.

"Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains," according to the Farmer's Almanac.

It is not the Harvest Moon -- that can sometimes occur in October but occurred in September this year, because last month's full moon fell slightly closer to the autumnal equinox.

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