The Hunter’s Supermoon is a once-yearly event, that cannot be missed! Click through to find out when to see the beautiful blood moon rise over the Northern Hemisphere!
We’ve seen several spectacular moons throughout 2016, but this astronomical phenomenon may be the prettiest yet. The 2016 October Hunter’s Moon is occurring at the same time as a supermoon, and it’s guaranteed to be a can’t-miss sighting for the Northern Hemisphere.
Moonrise on October 15 begins far earlier than normal, meaning there’s barely a gap between sunset and nightfall. The full Hunter’s Supermoon officially rises at 12:23am ET on Sunday, October 16, so night owls on October 15 can stay up to watch its emergence. The full moon will give off a stunning orange hue, because it’s also a Blood Moon. It’s going to be so beautiful! Depending on weather conditions, those in the Northern Hemisphere should be able to get a good look at the full moon with the naked eye!
You’ll want to watch the moon rise the night of October 16, as well. At 8:00pm ET, the moon will be the closest it is to Earth in October — just 222,365 miles from our planet! Usually, they’re 238,855 miles apart. This means that the moon will appear about 16 percent larger than average. It’s going to be breathtaking. So why does it look reddish-orange, though?
“The atmosphere scatters blue light – that’s why the sky looks blue,” astronomy site EarthSky explains. “The greater thickness of atmosphere in the direction of a horizon scatters blue light most effectively, but it lets red light pass through to your eyes. So a full moon near the horizon – any full moon near the horizon – takes on a yellow or orange or reddish hue.” That’s really cool!
HollywoodLifers, are you going to watch the rise of the Hunter’s Supermoon? Tell us in the comments!