"This Year's Very Special Hunter's Moon"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Oct 14-20

The Full Moon at the end of this week—known as the Hunter's Moon—will appear like a large orange jack-o-lantern rising over the Eastern horizon at sunset.
(The Moon's position is shown at five-minute intervals beginning just after sunset on the evening of October 20.)

This week's Full Moon—the farthest from Earth of the year—will be about 30000 miles/49000 km farther than the Full Moons of February and March—the closest of the year.  Because it is so much farther, this Full Moon will appear both smaller and about 30% dimmer than those closest Full Moons!

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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