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Blood Red 'Hunter’s Moon' Looms in Night Sky Photo

Hunter's Moon VegaStar Carpentier
VegaStar Carpentier captured this image of a Hunter’s Moon from Paris, France on Oct. 30, 2012 using a Canon EOS 1000D. (Image credit: VegaStar Carpentier)

A menacing blood red Hunter’s Moon captures the spirit of Halloween in this night sky photo.

Astrophotographer VegaStar Carpentier took this image from Paris, France on Oct. 30, 2012 using a Canon EOS 1000D.

The Hunter’s Moon is a full moon named to mark hunting season in North America. It occurs right after the Harvest Moon, which is the first full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox. The names of full moons were thought to have been given by Native Americans who kept a seasonal calendar of the year by naming the moons.

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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.