Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

September Full Moon: Rare Friday 13th Micro Harvest Moon Will Appear Later This Week

According to Newsweek, if you miss your chance at seeing a Friday the 13th full moon, you're going to have to wait another 30 years.

The so-called "Harvest Moon", which is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox or the start of fall on Sept. 23, will be visible on Sept. 13 and into the early hours on Sept. 14, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

That means Friday the 13th will be extra spooky!

But, for the casual observer, the nightsky on Friday, September 13, will be dominated by a basically full moon. In fact, the last full moon on a Friday the 13th took place in June 2014, the almanac said.

The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019.

Farmers' Almanac said another reason for a Harvest Moon being unique, is that farmers can work late into the night by this Moon's light.

Normally, the moon rises around 50 minutes later each day on average.

"But if you live elsewhere in the country-in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones-the moment that the Moon turns full comes before midnight on Friday, the 13th". 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 will be a micro moon because it arrives as the Moon is near apogee, which is the point in its orbit farthest from Earth, about 252,100 miles.

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

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