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The Hunter's Moon is visible across Somerset this weekend.

This weekend the moon will appear bigger, more colourful and brighter than normal in the night's sky.

The Hunter's Moon is a rare opportunity to witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights of the calendar, and it is something you will not want to miss.

What is the Hunter's Moon?
The Hunter's Moon is the second full moon after the autumn equinox and appears brighter and more orange in the sky due its closeness to the sunset.

Many moons have different names. The first full moon after the autumn equinox is known as the Harvest Moon, so-called because legend has it the additional glow of the moon allowed farmers to gather crops through the shorter daylight hours.

The Hunters Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon, and is so-called because the red hue of the moon made wild animals more visible in the dark for hunters.

It is an annual occurrence, but this year, the Hunters Moon could appear as much as bigger than usual. That is because it is also a Supermoon, which happens when the moon is closest to the earth during its orbit.

On Sunday, October 16, the moon will be 222,363 miles from earth, 30,000 miles closer than when it is at its furthest point.

You can start to see the Hunter's Moon at around sunset on Saturday, October 15, but it will be at its highest point in the sky at 12.23am on Sunday morning and 1.23am on Monday morning.

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