On October 31, 2020, Hunter’s Moon will be full in the cooling night sky. Not only that, but it is also a Blue Moon. Who decided that this moon is named after hunting, and why is it blue? Well, Let’s find out together.
Why is it called Hunter’s Moon?
The Hunter’s Moon is the late October full moon. During this time of year, game animals are fattening up for winter and in the next few weeks is when Hunting season typically occurs. This naming convention started in Western Europe by the Anglo-Saxons and carried over to North America since winter’s timing was similar.
Why is it a Blue Moon?
A Blue Moon is the second full moon that occurs during a month. There was a full Harvest Moon in early October, and this second full moon barely fits into October. Unfortunately, the moon does not look blue, but the sky around it might be a darker shade of blue due to dust in the air this time of year.