• The hunter’s moon is the first full moon following the harvest moon.
  • This year, moon watchers can also be on the lookout for shooting stars from the Draconid meteor shower.
  • Other nicknames for October’s full moon include the falling leaves moon, the migrating moon, the drying rice moon and the freezing moon.

The hunter’s moon – the first full moon of fall – will rise Sunday, Oct. 9 in the eastern sky right around sunset.

October’s full moon is called the hunter’s moon because it’s the time of year when historically hunters began collecting food and storing it for the long and cold winter months ahead, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

“Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons,” the Almanac said. “The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.”

Other nicknames for the full moon

Other nicknames for October’s full moon include the falling leaves moon, the migrating moon, the drying rice moon and the freezing moon.

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