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

A rare full Harvest Moon expected for this coming Friday the 13th

A rare full Harvest Moon expected for this coming Friday the 13th

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon will turn full at 12:33 a.m. on September 14 for those in the Eastern Time Zone. The United States hasn't had a Friday the 13th full moon since October 13, 2000 - and the next won't occur until August 13, 2049.

The harvest moon falls right between two new moon supermoons - when the full moon appears to be larger than usual because it's somewhat closer to Earth.

Alena Kiel said: "Anyway so my birthday is on Friday the 13th and there's a Full Moon so I guess I'm gonna be extra powerful this year".

In this file photo, the Reid family harvest their wheat crop under a harvest moon near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

But, for the casual observer, the nightsky on Friday, September 13, will be dominated by a basically full moon.

West of our time zone, there will be a genuine Friday the 13th full moon.

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The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019. While most moons rise approximately 50 minutes after sunset, the harvest moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sun sets.

Farmers' Almanac said another reason for a Harvest Moon being unique, is that farmers can work late into the night by this Moon's light.

Technically, a full moon occurs at a specific moment.

The Harvest Moon will also peak during a so-called Micromoon when the lunar orb appears up to 14 percent smaller.

So while keeping an eye out for werewolves, goblins and ghosts, check out the full moon!

When the moon is at its closest point to Earth, it's called a 'Supermoon'.

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