Keep your eyes peeled for the rare double full moon over Seattle!
October’s Hunter’s Moon is already lighting up Seattle skies. It will soon reach peak fullness this weekend on Sunday evening—but you’ll actually get two chances to view the Hunter’s Moon at its fullest!
Read on for all the details about this weekend’s double full moon.
The Hunter’s Moon will rise at its fullest in Seattle this Sunday, October 9 at 6:45 p.m. (shortly after sunset). However, you will be able to see the moon appearing at its fullest again after sunset on the following evening of Monday, October 10. Yep, we get to see October’s full moon twice.
According to Forbes, the moon will appear full two evenings in a row because it is occurring close to the autumn equinox. So if you miss the full moon on Sunday you’ll get a second chance on Monday!
October’s full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon because of the pre-winter hunting season. For about 15 minutes after it rises above the horizon, it will appear at its brightest and fullest. This is due to the optical illusion of seeing the moon in comparison to the horizon and other objects (such as the Seattle skyline). It will also most likely have an appropriately autumnal orange hue as it first rises.
So remember to look towards the horizon in the east on both Sunday and Monday evening after sunset for the Hunter’s Moon. You’ll be treated to a festive lunar spectacle not once but twice!
Be sure to check back in November for all the info you’ll need on the next exciting full moon event: the Beaver Blood Moon!