Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
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Rare full Harvest Moon will rise on Friday the 13th

Rare full Harvest Moon will rise on Friday the 13th

Here, in the Eastern Time Zone, this month's full moon will peak just a few minutes into Saturday the 14th, at 12:33 a.m. The United States hasn't had a Friday the 13th full moon since October 13, 2000 - and the next won't occur until August 13, 2049.

The full moon on Friday will also be a harvest moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

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

You won't want to miss this Micro Harvest Moon.

- Friday the 13th will be extra spooky this week as a rare full moon is set to appear across the United States.

Jose Herrera said: "Next Friday is Friday the 13th and it's gonna be a Full Moon so if y'all see me in the woods dancing naked, mind your business".

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.

What makes the Harvest Moon unique is that rather than rising its normal average of 50 minutes later each day, the moon rises at almost the same time each night leading up to when it's full.

The name Harvest Moon has symbolic meaning, NASA explains, because farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the moon to prepare for the winter ahead.

In astronomical terms, the moon is considered "full" when the Earth is positioned between the sun and our natural satellite. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee-the point in its almost month-long elliptical orbit at which it s furthest away from Earth.

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

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