Metro Vancouver stargazers have the chance to bathe under the light of what appears to be a completely full moon a couple of times this week.


The full "Hunter" moon is slated to be its fullest in Vancouver on Oct. 9 at 1:54 p.m., according to


But the moon will appear nearly full in the days leading up to the big night.

But there's a reason that this full moon might appear at its largest for longer.

Marley Leacock, an astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, told Vancouver Is Awesome that there is a shorter amount of time between the moon's rising times right now than at the end of the month.

"This does cause the full moon on [Oct. 9] and what appears to be a full moon on [Oct. 10] both rise shortly after sunset," she said.

"The change in rising times between [Oct. 10] and [Oct. 10] is only 16 minutes — which is very short."

October isn't the only month that had a short time between rising times, however. September's "harvest" moon, on Sept. 10, had the same shortening of time