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Spooky! There will be a rare Full Moon on Friday the 13th

Sandy Nunez | 10 September, 2019, 21:20

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

While the moon will be full early Saturday morning, Sept. 14, at around 12:33 a.m., it may be visible on Friday, Sept. 13, depending on where you live, according to NASA.

While the moon won't be considered technically "full" until the very wee hours of Saturday, it will appear full when it rises Friday night.

Experts say this phenomenon is said to occur once every 20 years on average. In this alignment-which occurs roughly every once a month-the face of the moon that we can see is fully illuminated, appearing like a flawless circle.

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The next harvest moon on a Friday the 13th won't come until August 2049. The equinox - the first day of fall - is Monday, September 23, this year.

"But if you live elsewhere in the country-in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones-the moment that the Moon turns full comes before midnight on 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 moon rises about the time the Sun sets, but more importantly, at this time of year, instead of rising its normal average 50 minutes later each day, the moon seems to rise at almost the same time each night leading up to when it's full". 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.

When the moon is at its closest point to Earth, it's called a 'Supermoon'. This means it will appear about 14 percent smaller, giving it the "Micro Moon" label.