Harvest Moon to rise at a rare and unlucky time of day

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 12, 2019

A rare Harvest Moon will appear in the night sky on Friday, September 13. Hence, the name "Harvest" Moon.

The Harvest Moon is the first full moon that takes place close to the autumn equinox.

When is the Harvest Moon?

Consequently, this full moon will be visible while 100% illuminated to the whole of North America. "Thus, from night to night the moon moves more horizontally than vertically and thus rises sooner from one night to the next".

"The harvest moon has always been a traditional one because it was an important time to know when to start harvesting before the snow flies and the crops have done as much growing as they're going to do". It's also very rare to see a full moon rise on this day; in fact, it hasn't happened since 2000.

While the moon will be at apogee on Friday September 13th at 9:32 AM EDT, it won't appear significantly smaller in size to our eyes. You can enter your location here to get exact timings for where you are.

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However, the annual lunar event will technically occur at 12:30 pm on Saturday in the Pacific time zone.

We often hear that a particular full moon is a "supermoon", but what does that mean?

What makes it different is that it's an apogee moon - a moon that's furthest away in its elliptical orbit from Earth. However, it's only when either a micro moon or superman coincides with a full moon that the terms get used.

The Harvest Moon can be seen worldwide, but on varying days and times based on where it's viewed. A full micro moon doesn't next occur until October 1, 2020. The last time this phenomenon occurred was on the 13th October, 2000, and you want to ensure you catch this one, as the next won't be for nearly three decades, on the 13th October, 2049. November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon.

In February of 2018, the exact opposite happened when a supermoon graced the sky.

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