The Hunter's Moon and Orion the Hunter

The Hunter's Moon and Orion the Hunter

November's full moon will be on the night of November 3-4.  The moon will  rise at 6:01 p.m. on Friday and set on Saturday at 7:42 a.m.  It should be magnificent!

This full moon  goes by many names.  Native Americans called the full moon of November  the beaver moon, or the frost moon, or the hunter's moon.

All these names are evocative of the time of the year, the end of the growing season, and the coming of winter to this part of the world. It was a time to set beaver traps before the streams froze. It was a good time for hunting, as trees shed their leaves, and deer began to move south for the winter.

November also marks the return of the constellation Orion. Many cultures saw the figure of a hunter in the night sky.  EarthSky says to look for Orion to rise in the East around 9pm tonight.  Orion will be visible all winter in the Northern Hemisphere. You can read more about Orion here.

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  • Sorry for the delay, thanks to technical difficulties, but I want to record that I love this post! Before the clocks changed, I was leaving for work early enough to find Orion as I walked south in the morning (?) darkness. Thanks for recalling him to my attention!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you for for reading. I'm so glad you could see Orion! After the time change, light at 6:30, and the past-full moon high in the west, as the sky was lightening in the east. Beautiful!

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