A rare Full Harvest Minimoon happening on Friday the 13th

The full Harvest Moon rises through the trees as seen from Seattle

This Friday the 13th full moon is the first since January 2006. According to NASA, usually the Full Moon rises an average 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, it seems to rise at almost the same time. The moon will be officially full at 12:33 a.m., Saturday morning.

In the U.S., the Harvest Moon of 2019 will reach its peak on September 14 at 12:33 am. Nor will a curious "micromoon" be gracing our night skies on this most auspicious of occasions, Friday the 13.

It doesn't matter what kind of full moon it is - a micromoon or a supermoon - as it always looks big. The Maine Farmer's Almanac says the Harvest Moon is the last full moon of the summer, and during this time, Algonquin tribes used to gather staple crops of corn, beans, pumpkins, squash, and wild rice.

A rare harvest moon will dazzle the night sky on Friday the 13th, NASA said.

This means the Harvest Moon precedes the Autumn Equinox by only nine days.

What makes this one particularly special, however, is that it will be smaller than the average full moon, a whole 14 percent smaller, to be exact, making it a "micromoon".

It's mini! This year's harvest moon will occur during the apogee, or the point in the moon's orbit when it's farthest from Earth.

"It is also a rare "micro" harvest moon".

When is the 2019 Full Harvest Moon?

"For the rest of the country, the full moon was the day before, on Thursday, the 12th".

"If you're in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones, you'll be able to this unique full moon once the sun sets, and don't be alarmed if you notice it's a little brighter than usual outside".

However, despite many reports suggesting otherwise, the reality is Australia - and the Southern Hemisphere in general - won't be getting a "harvest moon". What's more, it has been 13 years since the last harvest moon fell on a Friday the 13th - talk about spooky.

The Harvest Moon will not coincide with Friday the 13th in the United Kingdom, as it arrives at 5.32am BST (4.32am UTC) on Saturday.

The arrival of the Harvest Moon, and soon of Orion, are sure signs that fall is coming. But for most people, the difference will not be noticeable. For some, a full moon is considered bad luck similar to walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror. November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon. Also known as the Frosty moon.

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