Hunter's Moon to be brighter and closer than average

PHOENIX - Look up in the eastern skies tonight and you’ll see the closest full moon we'll get until December.

The Hunter's Moon will reach its fullest at 1:24 a.m. Saturday, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The moon will rise in Phoenix at 5:42 p.m., according to the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department. Since the moon will be just above the horizon, it will be the best time to enjoy a brighter-than-usual full moon.

Usually, the Hunter’s Moon – the full moon that follows the Harvest Moon – happens in October, but this year’s Harvest Moon rose in October for the first time since 2009. November's full moon is also called the Beaver Moon or the Frost Moon.

Don’t expect November’s full moon to look as bright as it did last year. The Hunter’s Moon won’t quite coincide with the moon’s perigee, or its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Hunter’s Moon will fall within one day and 19 hours of perigee, which is still close enough to appear larger and brighter than average.

If that’s not quite supermoon-y enough for you, just wait until next month. December’s Full Cold Moon is supposed to be the largest full moon of the year.

There were three other supermoons in 2017 in April, May and June, but they were not full moons when they reached perigee. December’s supermoon will be the only visible supermoon this year.

Share your moon photos with us at pictures@12news.com or by using #BeOn12.

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