Rare Harvest Moon Set To Appear On Night Of Friday 13

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2019

You're not going to want to skip this year's celestial treat though: The next opportunity to observe a full moon on Friday the 13th will be August 13, 2049.

It will mark the first time in 19 years that there was a full moon on Friday the 13th.

If you want a chance to see this rare moon, it will be full the night of September 12 through September 15; however, it will not be fully visible in Florida skies until its peak in the late hours of Friday the 13th into the early morning hours of the 14th.

The full moon will reach its peak on Friday the 13th at 11:32 p.m. Nor will a curious "micromoon" be gracing our night skies on this most auspicious of occasions, Friday the 13.

It doesn't matter what kind of full moon it is - a micromoon or a supermoon - as it always looks big.

This is considered a split time zone moon and last happened on June 13, 2014.

The phenomena of a full moon landing on Friday the 13th is also rare in itself, the last one being on October 13, 2000.

A Harvest Moon is the full moon that takes place nearest the autumnal equinox or the official start of fall, which is Monday this year. The moon will appear about 14% smaller, leading some to call it the "Micro" moon. That's because it's almost at apogee, the Almanac reports. That is as a result of the moon being at apogee - the point in its orbit where it is the farthest from Earth.

There are several names given to Harvest Moon.

Based on some seasonal changes full moon gets its name.

This year's Harvest Moon is set to be smaller than usual.

While the phenomenon only occurs once every two decades, that's not the only reason this year's Harvest Moon is rare.

The last time there was a nationwide full moon happened on October 13, 2000. According to Forbes, the best time to view the harvest moon is at nightfall, when it rises. Consequently, this full moon will be visible while 100% illuminated to the whole of North America. "In the Pacific Northwest, the Haida called it the cedar bark moon, according to the "Tlingit Moon and Tide Teaching Resource" published by the University of Alaska in Fairbanks".

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