Superstitions collide with Friday's micro moon

The full Harvest Moon rises through the trees as seen from Seattle

So when it's in perigee (at its nearest point) and coincides with a full moon, then we have a supermoon - and it appears slightly bigger than it normally does.

It has been 152 years since the last time we saw a Harvest Moon like Friday's, and it will be another 152 years before we see a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon again.

This Friday the 13th full moon won't technically reach peak illumination until 12:32 a.m. Instead of rising its normal average 50 minutes later each day, the moon seems to rise at almost the same time each night leading up to when it is full. And don't forget to look in the sky in the early morning, when the moon is setting. The last full moon on the spooky day was in 2006, and the next one will be in 2049, Petro said.

When the Full Moon rises this Friday night, it will be the one of the rarest Harvest Moons ever!

The 2019 Harvest Moon will rise on the superstition-laden date this week, the last full moon before the first day of autumn September 23.

Sorry to burst that moon-shaped bubble, but the bottom line is that none of these different moon phases are really obvious in any way to the naked eye, because the moon's diameter only changes by about 14 per cent, according to Prof Watson.

What makes this year's event so special is that the full moon also occurs at apogee - the furthest point in a Moon's orbit.

The Harvest Moon rising over central Pennsylvania on September 16, 2016. It will look smaller than most other full moons and a bit dimmer. 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.

The full moon on September 13 will definitely be a treat to the moon gazers and night sky watchers even though the Harvest Moon might not be a Supermoon. But, the full harvest moon will rise just after sunset. "For the rest of the country, the full moon was the day before, on Thursday, the 12th". It happens every year and it's the ninth full moon we've had in 2019 alone.

"Who named the Harvest Moon?". But for most people, the difference will not be noticeable. A full micro moon doesn't next occur until October 1, 2020. "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". Also known as the Frosty moon.

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