A rare harvest moon will dazzle the skies Friday the 13th

Harvest Moon Credit Wikipedia Media Commons

The next full moon will occur on October 13.

Friday's full moon will be unusual for another reason: it takes place on September 13, a day of concern for people suffering from the fear number 13, or triskaidekaphobia.

This time around, Friday's moon will be 806 miles farther than that!

"What happens is that at this time of year, the moon's pass through the sky is such that it tends to set at more or less the same time every night for a period of a few days", says Prof Watson.

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East Coasters last saw a Friday the 13th full moon on June 13, 2014, the Farmers' Almanac reports.

If you are in the central time zone, the moon will be full at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 - yep, that creepy date known as Friday the 13th.

Not only does this Friday fall on the 13th day of the month, but it also takes place on the full harvest moon.

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Dr. Brian Ottum Credit Lisa Barry 89.1 WEMU

This 2019 September full moon will however appear unusually small and dimmer which makes it a micromoon. 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.

What on god's green earth is a Harvest Moon, you ask? "If you want to see this Harvest Moon fully up in the sky in all its glory, then you'd want to look around midnight".

The next Friday the 13th Micro Moon won't happen again for more than 500 years, and it's unclear if there will ever be another Friday the 13th Micro Harvest Moon.

Don't get your hopes up that you'll be able to see Friday's full moon anywhere in Metro Vancouver.

This year's Harvest Moon is set to be smaller than usual.

"Who named the Harvest Moon?".

"The moon should rise just around sunset and that's just because the moon is positioned exactly 180 degrees away from the sun", Hayne said. But for most people, the difference will not be noticeable.

A Super Blue Blood Moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque on January 31, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. A full micro moon doesn't next occur until October 1, 2020. November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon.



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