Sunday, 12 July, 2020


Rare full moon to illuminate night sky on Friday the 13th

The harvest moon of 2019 will hit peak full moon at 12:33 a.m. Saturday September 14 Shutterstock The harvest moon of 2019 will hit peak full moon at 12:33 a.m. Saturday September 14
Kristine Garrett | 10 September, 2019, 22:39

"If you live in the Eastern Time Zone, the moment the Moon turns full will occur just after midnight-at 12.33am - on Saturday, the 14th".

The next time a full moon will coincide with Friday the 13th will be August 13, 2049.

The harvest moon falls right between two new moon supermoons - when the full moon appears to be larger than usual because it's somewhat closer to Earth.

That means Friday the 13th will be extra spooky!

Other names for the full moon of September, from Native American peoples, are the full corn moon and full barley moon, which are based on its proximity to harvest time for those two crops.

A rare Harvest Moon, also called a micromoon, will be visible in the skies this week - on Friday the 13th for some. The last time the US saw a full moon on Friday the 13 was October 13th, 2000.

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

What sets the Harvest Moon apart is that typically the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but the Harvest Moon rises only about 30 minutes later every day around the fall equinox, experts say. During this time, the moon rises as the sun sets - first appearing as a more dramatic, orange-colored moonlight.

So while keeping an eye out for werewolves, goblins and ghosts, check out the full moon!

Despite all those special qualities, the full moon this weekend won't be a particularly impressive site.

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.

When viewed from Los Angeles, the Full Moon will peak around 9.32pm PDT.

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