Monday, 23 September, 2019


Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

Kristine Garrett | 10 September, 2019, 21:23

It won't happen again until August 13th, 2049.

Typically, the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at almost the same time, just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern part of the US, according to NASA. You'll want to look up at the sky to see the next Harvest Moon, which is also being dubbed a "Micro Harvest Moon." .

The Friday the 13th won't be quite as rare in the Eastern time zone because the full moon technically happens just after midnight on the 14th.

The full moon in September is known as the "Harvest Moon"-a name that may have originated from ancient Native American traditions, or possibly even Anglo-Saxon or old Germanic languages".

This means the Harvest Moon precedes the Autumn Equinox by just nine days this year.

A Friday the 13th full moon last occurred on June 13, 2014.

The Harvest Moon is said to symbolize when farmers would need to start gathering in food to prepare for the lean winter months.

The moon should appear full from September 12 until September 15, although NASA says it won't be completely full until 9:30 pm.

"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".

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

A full moon on Friday the 13th is approaching at the end of this week, almost.

The upcoming "Harvest Moon" has also been referred to as a "micromoon" as it will appear around 14 percent smaller in the sky.

"The Moon was more than 30,000 miles closer and was accordingly branded a "Supermoon".

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