February 1, 2023

October’s full ‘Hunter’s moon’ of 2021 wows skywatchers (photos)

The complete moon of Wednesday (Oct. 21), understood by many as the “Hunters Moon,” provided a celestial treat for skywatchers around the world.Full moons take place when the orbit of the moon, relative to the Earth, swings around into a position where complete sunlight falls upon the planet-facing side. A complete moon happens approximately every 29.5 Earth days, and on rarer celebrations, the sun, moon and Earth enable and align for a lunar eclipse as the Earths shadow passes across the moons face.Here are some of the images that captured our attention.Related: How to see Uranus near the full Hunters Moon this weekThe complete Hunters Moon rises over Crimea, on Oct. 20, 2021/ (Image credit: Sergei Malgavko/TASS/Getty )In Crimea– a region that caused an international flap between NASA and Roscosmos in 2014– state firm and TASS photographer Sergei Malgavko recorded the complete moon increasing near Simferopol, an administrative and transportation center of the region.The full moon is seen in Buenos Aires on Oct. 20, 2021. (Image credit: Aubrey Gemignani/NASA) The earliest known usage of the term “Hunters Moon” was in 1710, however it is just one name of lots of utilized to refer to the full moon of October, according to NASA, which has a list of other cultures monikers in its full moon guide.Related: Full moon names (and more) for 2021The complete Hunters Moon coincided with the peak of the Orionid meteor shower this week, which most sources agree took place around Wednesday (Oct. 20).

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