The upcoming full moon, known as the "hunter's moon," will appear on the evening of October 9, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac

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Full moons are a lunar phase that occurs roughly once every month when our natural satellite is located opposite the sun in space, with the Earth in between

During the full moon phase, the side of the moon that faces toward us is completely illuminated by the sun's light, appearing like a perfect circle in the sky

Technically, the moon turns full only at a specific moment. The hunter's moon will reach peak illumination at around 4:54 p.m. ET on October 9

While the moon actually turns full at a particular moment, it will appear full to most observers for about three days around this time

Among the best times to view the full moon is around sunrise, when it may appear larger and have an orange hue. This is due to a phenomenon known as the "moon illusion"

The hunter's moon can occur in either October or November. In 2022, the harvest moon appeared on September 10, so the hunter's moon will be visible in October

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