The hunter’s full moon will rise this weekend.
NASA said that the full moon will appear opposite the sun in Earth-based longitude at 4:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 9.
The moon will appear full for about three days centered on this time, from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning.
Also called the travel, dying grass, sanguine or blood moon, the term hunter’s moon was first identified in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1710.
With leaves falling and the deer fattened at this time of year, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, it is time to hunt.
NASA says some sources indicate that the dying grass, sanguine and blood moon names are related to the turning of the leaves and dying back of plants, while others indicate that the names sanguine and blood moon are associated with hunting to prepare for winter.
While the name travel moon may come from observing the migration of birds and other animals before the winter season, it could also refer to the season when the northern tribes would move down from the mountains for winter.
This full moon corresponds near or during several celebrations around the world, including the start of Sukkoth in the Hebrew calendar, the Boat Racing Festival in Laos and the three-day Thadingyut Festival of Lights in Myanmar.