Friday's full harvest moon is also a micro moon

Here's when September's Full Harvest Moon will brighten up the sky

"It looks like there may be some breaks tonight", meteorologist Steve Reedy said Wednesday morning, "but tomorrow night and Friday night look like a wash, both literally and figuratively".

Although it's technically possible to look at the Harvest Moon when it's 100% lit, that's not the time to observe it.

How does a full Harvest micromoon for Friday the 13th sound?

This year's Harvest Moon - the full moon closest to the fall equinox - will fall on Friday the 13th for those of us in the Western United States.

According to the Farmers Almanac, the chance of having a full moon simultaneously on the 13th of a month and on a Friday happens on average once every 20 years.

Even though the Harvest Moon falls on a superstitious date, it has nothing to do with bad luck: According to NASA, the Harvest Moon has several nicknames, including the Barley Moon, the Corn Moon, the Fruit Moon, and the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon. It's a full moon, but a tiny full moon that has been called a "harvest micromoon". From New York, the sun will rise at 6:35 a.m. and the Harvest Moon-set can be witnessed in the west at 6:46 a.m.

This is because the path of the moon through the sky is as close to being along the horizon as it can get. It's the opposite of a supermoon.

The harvest moon is also referred to as Micro moon as it is said that this moon appears 14 percent smaller than the regular moon.

The full moon on Friday isn't going to be as loony as usual.

When is the next full moon?

This is considered a split time zone moon and last happened on June 13, 2014. That's an appropriate name given that the night skies in the weeks afterward will soon be graced by that most iconic of all constellations, the three stars - Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka - that make up the belt of Orion, the Hunter.



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