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

A Harvest Moon is coming on Friday the 13th

A Harvest Moon is coming on Friday the 13th

For most of the nation, the September moon will be full before midnight on Friday.

The moon's rising and setting times usually change frequently over the course of the month, but at this time of year (the time of "Harvest"), these stay the same in the Northern Hemisphere. To ensure that you don't: According to NASA, the best time to see the harvest moon will be early Saturday morning, Sept 13, at 12:33am EST.

Sky watchers will be able to see a rare celestial event this week, when the full moon rises on the superstitious day of Friday the 13th. So officially, at 406,377 km from Earth, Friday sees a Harvest Micro Moon. It will appear full for three days around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

This is considered a split time zone moon and last happened on June 13, 2014.

A harvest moon-or the full moon that happens nearest to the fall equinox-is due to appear in the sky on the night of Friday the 13th.

As the first full moon to fall on a Friday the 13th in 19 years-since October 13, 2000!- it's clearly not one to miss. But unlike that stunningly bright supermoon that starred in so many great photos back in February, this one will appear 14 percent smaller than that, leading some to call it a micro moon. That's because it's almost at apogee, the Almanac reports.

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Dennis Doucet, 61, has been taking stunning images of the moon shining over Kobe, Japan, for several years and many of his photos have even been featured on CNN. "This last happened in 1832 and won't happen again for more than 500 years".

The Harvest Moon will not coincide with Friday the 13th in the United Kingdom, as it arrives at 5.32am BST (4.32am UTC) on Saturday.

A supermoon is a full moon occurring at perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit.

A Super Blue Blood Moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque on January 31, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. "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".

When is the October full moon in 2019? Also known as the Frosty moon.

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