Lancashire Times
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Jan Harris
Assistant Group Editor
6:00 AM 19th October 2021

When Is The Next Full Moon?

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash
Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash
The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon and normally appears in the month of October.

In the Northern Hemisphere the Hunter's Moon in 2021 rises on Wednesday 20 October. Every four years it can appear in November but traditionally Hunter's Moon refers to the full moon in October.

Photo by Dylan Leagh on Unsplash
Photo by Dylan Leagh on Unsplash
During the month of October the deer which had fattened up during the summer ready for the winter were tracked by the hunters using the light from the autumn moonlight, hence the name of Hunter’s Moon. The time between sunset and moonrise during the months of September and October is normally 30 minutes later each day and so farmers and hunters get more light to finish their work during these months.

Why a full moon?

A full moon occurs when the moon's earth-facing side is completely illuminated by the sun. Scientists say that when you see the moon looking really large as it rises in the sky your brain is actually playing a trick on you.

There are many reasons as to why this is, but the main theory is that when the moon is low on the horizon it can be compared to earthly things, like buildings and trees, and this is why it seems huge.

Full Moons in 2021

Photo by Rob Harris
Photo by Rob Harris
Wolf Moon - January 28
Snow Moon - February 27
Pink Moon - April 26
Flower Moon - May 26
Strawberry Moon - June 24
Buck Moon - July 24
Sturgeon Moon - August 22
Harvest Moon - September 20
Hunter's Moon - October 20
Beaver Moon - November 19
Cold Moon - December 19

Can a full moon affect your sleep?

Because the moon affects the tides, it is often said that full moons can also affect us. Issues with our immune system can be caused by lack of sleep or disturbed sleep. Some people find falling asleep harder during a full moon along with less time spent in a deep sleep. This lack of sleep can sometimes cause people to have worse headaches often called 'moon migraines'.

Why do full moons get different names?

Every month of the year there is a full moon which illuminates the sky, each of which is given a different name.

Image by ELG21 from Pixabay
Image by ELG21 from Pixabay
There are a total of 12 full moon phases during the annual lunar cycle plus the occasional Blue Moon and each full moon has a unique name.

The traditional names given to the full moons during the year are derived from the North American traditions. Many of these ancient moon names have been given based on the behaviour of the plants, animals, or weather during that month.

However the full moon names we now use also have Anglo-Saxon and Germanic roots.

The full moon in October should be visible in the sky after sunset for three days, this is because it falls close to the Autumnal Equinox. Let's hope the sky stays clear for a few days so we can see the Hunter's Moon.

The next full moon will rise on Friday 19 November and is the Beaver Moon, followed by the Cold Moon on Sunday 19 December.