Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

A glowing harvest moon will light up Friday the 13th


The name "harvest moon" is an old European term applied to a full moon that rises closest to the beginning of fall, NASA says.

The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019.

The closest full moon to the autumnal equinox - typically known as a "harvest moon" - is slated to rise on or shortly after Friday the 13th, depending on the time zone, in a rare moment on the lunar calendar in the northern hemisphere.

It is actually quite rare for the whole of the United States to experience a full moon on the date of Friday 13.

In central and western parts of the USA, however, the Harvest Moon will appear on Friday.

The Harvest Moon this week is the ninth Full Moon of the year and one of the most chilling spectacles of astronomy.

However, Americans in the Pacific, Central, Mountain and Alaskan time zones will witness the full moon on Friday 13-a day that is considered unlucky in Western superstition.

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"What sets this upcoming full moon apart from the others is that farmers, at the peak of the current harvest season, can work late into the night by this moon's light", explains the almanac.

Normally, the moon rises around 50 minutes later each day on average.

The next harvest moon on a Friday the 13th won't come until August 2049.

When viewed from Los Angeles, the Full Moon will peak around 9.32pm PDT.

At the same time, according to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon will also be at its greatest distance from Earth, leading some to call it a 'micro moon.' The Harvest Moon will appear 14 percent smaller than normal, according to the Farmers Almanac.

"Remember last February, when the Full Moon coincided with perigee, its closest point to Earth?"

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