Harvest Moon to rise at a rare and unlucky time of day

Harvest Moon to rise at a rare and unlucky time of day

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.

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

A Harvest moon rises over some fields in Marcellus, New York, in September 2016.

In the Eastern time zone, the Harvest Moon will reach its peak just after midnight, at 12:33 a.m. Saturday.

In Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 13, sunset is at 7:02 p.m. and the moon will rise at 7:14 p.m., while in NY sunset is at 7:08 p.m. and moonrise is at 7:20 p.m. The last nationwide Friday the 13th full moon was in October 2000 and it won't happen again until August 2049.

The moon will also appear the smallest it does all year because it will be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit this month.

What time can you see the Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Moon will appear to be full for about three days, but only on "full moon day" on Friday it does it rise and set in-sync with the sun.

As per the Farmer's Almanac, each moon has a specific name and the Harvest Moon is also called the Micro Moon. A supermoon can appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a "micromoon", or 7% bigger than an average full moon. But for most people, the difference will not be noticeable.

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.

The Harvest micromoon is a rare occurrence, according to Amatulli.

Hunter's moon (Oct. 13): Named for the time to begin storing meat for the winter.

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