Hunter’s Moon will peak this weekend. Here’s when you can see him shine in Chicago – NBC Chicago

October’s full moon will cast a glow steeped in hues of red and orange across Chicago this weekend — which is pretty on-brand with a spooky season.

Dubbed the Hunter’s Moon, the celestial phenomenon will reach peak illumination just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

Similar to the September Full Moon, commonly known as the Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon can be seen for many nights, according to Farmer’s Almanac. The moon is expected to drift shortly after sunset Saturday and linger in the sky through Monday.

Current forecast modules from the National Weather Service indicate mostly clear skies on Saturday and a partly cloudy Sunday evening, so sky watchers in the area may be able to see the moon.

According to popular belief, the moon got its distinct name because it signaled the time to go hunting before winter, Adler Planetarium noted.

The moon itself is simply the first full moon to follow the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. This year, the Harvest Moon fell on September 10.

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