Friday the 13th brings rare full 'Harvest Moon' to the night sky

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What makes the Harvest Moon unique is that rather than rising its normal average of 50 minutes later each day, the moon rises at almost the same time each night leading up to when it's full. It is what we call the Moon when it's in its Full Moon or the New Moon phase and is at its greatest distance from the centre of the earth. So in the days before the Harvest Moon, the moon will rise less than 27 minutes later each night providing more light to farmers after the sun sets.

September 13, 2019 will bring with it all sorts of fun. That is as a result of the moon being at apogee - the point in its orbit where it is the farthest from Earth.

What makes this one particularly special, however, is that it will be smaller than the average full moon, a whole 14 percent smaller, to be exact, making it a "micromoon".

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Although there is no universal definition of what qualifies as a supermoon or micromoon, Time and Date says micromoons must be more than 404,999 km away from Earth. Making Friday night and Saturday night the flawless opportunity in Perth to witness the smaller moon.

September's full moon, known as a "Harvest Moon", falls on Friday 13th this year, a rare occurrence that brings with it plenty of spooky connotations.

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