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'Hunter's Moon' in the Night Sky Friday

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    Weather Forecast: Wild Temp Ride Ahead

    Rest of Today (Friday): Increasing cloud cover, passing PM shower. Warm and breezy, highs in the low 70s. SW wind at 10-15 mph, G25.

    Overnight Friday Night: Mostly clear skies with lows tumbling into the 40s, upper 30s in the suburbs. NW wind 5-15 mph.

    Tomorrow (Saturday): Seasonable & partly sunny with highs in the 50s. NW wind at 5-10 mph.

    Sunday: More clouds than sun, PM rain. Highs in the mid-50s.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 3, 2017)

    You can expect a bright orb in the night sky again tonight, and no, it’s not a shooting star, it’s the first full moon of November. Also known as the "Hunter’s Moon,” characterized by the first full moon after the "Harvest Moon."

    Plus, overnight tonight, skies will clear after increasing cloud cover and some rain showers slide through. If you’re trying to catch a glimpse of some shooting stars tonight though, make sure to bundle up. Overnight lows will quickly drop as fast as the skies clear after the cold front slips off the coastline, taking the clouds, the warmth, and the showers with it. 

    Next weekend is when the Taurid Meteor Shower is likely to peak. However, the Taurid Meteor Shower is known for its low meteor per hour rate, when you catch a glimpse of one, it’s a marvelous sight. It’s a bright fireball flying across the sky and can even be seen during a full moon.

    Next weekend, the moon phase will be a waning crescent, which is not quite as illuminated as the full moon, about 43 percent to be precise. However, just because we say that the meteor shower "peaks" at a certain time doesn’t mean you will not be able to see a shooting star associated with the Taurid’s before or after that peak.

    If you spot one and can take a photo, feel free to share those photos with us by sending it to shareit@necn.com or shareit@nbcboston.com. Don’t forget your name and location, so we can give you a shoutout on the air.