This month’s full moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon, peaks on Wednesday, giving skygazers a “unique” opportunity to see the autumn moonrise.
The full moon comes less than a month after the autumnal equinox, meaning the lunar orbit is more receptive than usual.
As a result of this phenomenon the full Moon rises in northern latitudes at sunset, providing a colorful background for moonrise.
earth sky The magazine notes that “nature is especially cooperative” around this time of year for the moons of Harvest and Hunter, making the “fall full moon unique”.
It may appear orange as the Moon’s proximity above the horizon, because the light reflecting it from the Sun has to pass through much of Earth’s atmosphere before reaching our eyes on Earth.
The Moon will also appear larger than normal at this position in the sky due to an optical illusion known as the Moon illusion.
This is where the brain is tricked into thinking that the Moon is large compared to the relative size of objects on the horizon, such as buildings and trees.
The exact science behind this is unclear, with NASA explaining that it is related to the way we see the world.
“There is some thinking that the objects in the foreground of your lunar view play a role,” the US space agency explained in a blog post.
“But that’s not a correct explanation. NASA astronauts in orbit also see an illusion of the Moon, and they don’t have any foreground objects to act as clues to the distance. So more likely.” Is.”
Hunter’s Moon will peak on Wednesday, October 20 at 3.57 a.m. BST, but will appear full on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The best time to see the next full moon in the UK would be shortly after sunset on Wednesday, although weather conditions may not be ideal in some parts of the country.
According to the Met Office, the weather will remain “windy, unstable and changeable” on Wednesday, with many areas seeing rain or prolonged rain, including thunderstorms, in parts of England and Wales.
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