The Hunter's Moon follows the "Harvest Moon," seen on Sept. 19 this year. The eclipse tonight is not a total eclipse, but what is called a penumbral eclipse. It will be very subtle, and may be difficult to see clearly because the sky will not be that dark and the moon will be low in the sky when it is going on.
When the moon starts rising sometime around 6:14 p.m.,the eclipse will have already started. It will be most noticeable by 7:50 p.m., ending by 9:50 p.m. Viewers will see a darkening of sections of the moon by the outer part of the earth's shadow. Look closely, it will be hard to see.
The name given to this moon is an interesting story all by itself. It is actually called by a number of names, including the Blood Moon and Sanguine Moon. According to Science@NASA.
“Hunters … tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead,” writes NASA’s Tony Phillips. “You can picture them: Silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the wood.”
The Hunter's Moon isn't just your run-of-the-mill full moon. It's special because it's path is shallow. For several nights in a row, the moon sits farther north on the horizon. This northerly path along the eastern horizon at moon rise gives it it's magical attributes.
Long ago, farmers needed the light given off by the Hunter's Moon so they could harvest their crops late into the night. Hunters used the moon-glow to hunt deer and other game in preparation for winter.
So go on outdoors tonight and view something pretty spectacular. Just don't get scared if you hear a rustling in the trees or bushes. It's probably a deer hiding from a hunter.