Rare Harvest Moon Will Take Over Night Sky on Friday the 13th

Rare Harvest Moon Will Take Over Night Sky on Friday the 13th

"It looks like there may be some breaks tonight", meteorologist Steve Reedy said Wednesday morning, "but tomorrow night and Friday night look like a wash, both literally and figuratively".

What time can you see the Harvest Moon?

How does a full Harvest micromoon for Friday the 13th sound?

Those who aren't immune to superstition will be aware that it's rare for the entirety of the USA to see a full moon on Friday the 13th, which is believed by some to be an unlucky day.

People living in Central Time, Mountain Time, Pacific Time will get the best visibility on Friday, September 13.

Even though the Harvest Moon falls on a superstitious date, it has nothing to do with bad luck: According to NASA, the Harvest Moon has several nicknames, including the Barley Moon, the Corn Moon, the Fruit Moon, and the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon.

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. For the East Coast, however, the moon technically will reach its full phase about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, though the difference will be imperceptible to most who see it earlier in the evening.

Supermoons seem to get a lot of attention these days, but the September 2019 full moon is the opposite - a micromoon. It's the opposite of a supermoon.

The upcoming harvest moon has also been called a "micro-moon" as as it will appear around 14 per cent smaller in the sky. 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. It's such a common belief that Scientific American published an article in 2009 examining whether a full moon evokes "strange behavior." November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon.

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