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Full Hunter’s Moon Update for October 8, 2014, 3:51 AM PDT

October 7, 2014

Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-shaped, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (known to many as the moon).

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Hunter’s Moon
(Paul Lungren –

Oct. 8, 3:51 a.m. PDT — Full Hunter’s Moon.   With the leaves falling and the deer fattened, it is time to hunt.   Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble, and can more easily see the foxes and other animals that have come out to glean and can be caught for a Thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.   [Test your Space Knowledge]

The year’s second total lunar eclipse occurs with this full moon; visible in its entirety over western North America, while for the central and eastern sections, moonset will intervene during the later part of the umbral stages. Totality lasts almost 59 minutes. [How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)]

A Man in the Moon? – We in the west see a human face in the full moon, but the Chinese see a rabbit. If you gaze at the moon for a while , you can replace the face with a rabbit. Once you can do that, switch it back and forth between rabbit and man. See how quickly you can do it.  No, it will not turn you into a lunatic.

Note: Pacific Daylight Time ends November 2, 2014 at 2 AM (becoming 1 AM).

The next significant full moon will occur on November 6, 2:23 p.m. PST.
Keep an eye on this spot for late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

Have a nice moon photo?  Send it to us at: misclists [AT] verizon [DOT] net, along with name to credit and time/location of photo.

This information comes to you courtesy of:
written by Joe Rao.   Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.

But that’s waaay too long to type in, and besides, you don’t need to go there because SMBAS has done the work for you!
[Chuck Almdale]

  1. ethanski permalink
    October 7, 2014 5:01 am

    Gracias. But when is the lunar eclipse?

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    • Chukar permalink*
      October 7, 2014 2:04 pm

      If you can’t get out of bed, the eclipse will be online tonight:

      Lunar eclipses always occur during the fullest moments of a full moon. Therefore if you assumed that it would be at 3:51 a.m. on Oct. 8, as the blog title says, you’d be within a couple of minutes. Conversely, solar eclipses always occur at the center moment of a new moon.

      The wonderful thing about eclipses is that we are living at a time when the moon and the sun, although vastly different in diameter (moon 2159 miles, sun 864,367 miles), appear to be the same diameter, giving us these predictable but infrequent and short-lived eclipses. If the moon was much closer to the earth, total solar eclipses would happen monthly and last longer, reducing their significance in the human mind. If it was only a little farther away, they wouldn’t happen at all. I’m not sure what lunar closeness would do to lunar eclipses – does anyone out there know?

      If you want to get persnickety about it, total solar eclipses actually occur every 24-hour period, when the earth passes between the viewer and the sun. We call this nighttime.


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