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

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 10, 2019

The moon can be seen Friday and Saturday nights, but if you really want to take advantage of getting the best view when the moon is at 100% illumination, try to pop outside just before 12:33 a.m. Saturday.

The name "harvest moon" is an old European term applied to a full moon that rises closest to the beginning of fall, NASA says.

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

It's the kind of timing that makes kindergarten teachers and 911 dispatchers cringe: This week's full moon will appear on Friday the 13th.

Even though the full moon only occurs at a specific moment in time, it will appear perfectly circular to our eyes for about 24 hours before and after.

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

In Toronto, for example, the sun is slated to set at 7:31 p.m., and the moon is expected to rise at 7:46 p.m. on Friday, according to the website Time and Date.

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.

Mr Rao said: "To add to this Full Moon "madness", this upcoming Full Moon very almost coincides with apogee - that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away". That's more than 30,000 farther "out" than the closest point in the Moon's orbit, the perigee. This means it will appear about 14 percent smaller, giving it the "Micro Moon" label.

When the moon is at its closest point to Earth, it's called a 'Supermoon'.

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