Magical! There will be a rare Full Moon on Friday the 13th

Onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of a rare full moon on Friday the 13th.

While the moon won't be considered technically "full" until the very wee hours of Saturday, it will appear full when it rises Friday night.

Experts say the best time to see the moon is by looking to the east at the moonrise on Friday or by looking to the west at moonset early Saturday morning.

"What sets this upcoming full moon apart from the others is that farmers, at the peak of the current harvest season, can work late into the night by this moon's light", explains the almanac. Plus it's going to be a Full Moon and not only that, it's going to be a Full Harvest Moon.

The Harvest Moon occurs every September, and aligns with the Autumnal Equinox.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, we haven't seen a combination like this since October 13th, 2000 and it won't happen again until August 13th, 2049.


The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019. During this time, the moon rises as the sun sets - first appearing as a more dramatic, orange-colored moonlight.

A almost full Harvest Moon is seen on October 4, 2017 in New York City.

Unless cloud cover blocks the view, the full moon is the easiest celestial event to observe.

The Harvest Moon will also peak during a so-called Micromoon when the lunar orb appears up to 14 percent smaller.

The appearance of a Full Moon on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th only happens once every 20 years. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee-the point in its almost month-long elliptical orbit at which it s furthest away from Earth.

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.

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