Daily Postcard: Hunter’s Moon Above White Rock

Daily Postcard: The Hunter’s Moon is 98 percent visible Friday from White Rock. The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon after the Harvest Moon. There are many different explanations for the name Hunter’s Moon. In the autumn months, there’s no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days in a row, around the time of full moon. In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours. As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night. A month later, after the harvest was done, the full Hunter’s Moon was said to illuminate the prey of hunters, scooting along in the stubble left behind in the fields. Source: earthsky.org. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs