There's going to be a rare full moon this Friday the 13th

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2019

The harvest moon gets its special name because around this time of year, farmers begin to harvest their crops.

The full moon "won't technically" reach its peak illumination until 12:32 a.m. Why, though, is a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon so rare? It will appear full for three days around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning. And don't forget to look in the sky in the early morning, when the moon is setting.

Maine Farmers' Almanac astronomer Joe Rao said: "The arrival of this year's Harvest Moon will depend on which time zone you happen to live in".

A September full moon, also known as a "Harvest Moon", will be visible to many Americans this Friday the 13th.

With this full moon falling closest to the autumnal equinox on September 23rd, also known as the first day of fall, it earns the title of Harvest Moon. As a result, it'll appear 14% smaller than a typical full moon, the Farmer's Almanac said. That's because it's almost at apogee, the Almanac reports.

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Why is it called a "harvest moon"?

"Micro Moon" is a sort of opposite phenomenon to a "Supermoon", which makes the Moon appear larger in the night sky because it is orbiting especially close to Earth.

In Australia, the full moon phase will occur during the day (2.32pm Australian Eastern Standard Time), but the Professor suggests sky-gazers look up much later.

Don't get your hopes up that you'll be able to see Friday's full moon anywhere in Metro Vancouver. Last time when a full moon had occurred on Friday the 13th was back in 2000 in October. It later was recorded by many different singers, including Ruth Etting in 1931, Kate Smith in 1933, The Four Acres in 1955, and Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in 1960, according to BING magazine. The moon rises 50 minutes after the sunset but due to autumn equinox, harvest moon rises soon after sunset. Consequently, this full moon will be visible while 100% illuminated to the whole of North America. November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon. For some, a full moon is considered bad luck similar to walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror.

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