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Diving into the Hunter’s Moon and moon phases

Sunday night kicked off October's full moon phase known typically as the "Hunter's Moon." The Hunter's Moon is similar too many other full moons and is labeled this as it resides during the fall season when many hunting seasons are or are on their way to opening. Early during the evening hours, this moon seemed to give a strong reddish and orange hue. This occurred due to the same reasoning a setting sun expresses this similar color pallet. The light reflected from the moon must past through more of the earth's atmosphere which filters out the blue visible light spectrum.

Illumination will remain near 100% Monday night once again before finally displaying less reflected sunlight visible from earth.

This displays the many changes of phases of the moon. The moon's surface remains halfway lit at all times, however, the rotating position of the moon in respect to the earth and sun appears to see varying amount of illumination from earth's surface.

The process begins during the phase known as a New Moon where most or all of the reflection of the light from the moons surface is not visible from earth. The process then switches to the waxing crescent moon where trace amounts of lights are revealed on the moons surface. The moon will begin rising later each night during this time period.

The next phase of the moon will appear to halfway lit with the right side of the moon being lit signifying the First Quarter phase. Fitting for the name, the moon will be a quarter of the way through its phase change at this point.

The moon continues to become brighter as a majority of the moons surface is lit facing earth. This phase is identified as the Waxing Gibbous.

The halfway point of the moon phase change shows the moons brightest status with 100% illumination present known as a Full Moon.

The post phasing of the Full Moon sees the moon beginning to become darker once again. This begins the process of Waning Gibbous where the majority of the moon is lit, but the right side of the moon appears to darken.

The Last Quarter moon appears to be illuminated only halfway with the right side of the moon continuing to darken.

The final phase before seeing a reappearance of a new moon once again is the Waning Crescent. The moon is mostly dark once again with a slither of the left side of the moon seeing illumination.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.


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