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

Katie Ramirez
September 10, 2019

A rare harvest moon will show itself Friday and Saturday nights. For those living in the Eastern Time Zone, this will be 12:33 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, we haven't seen a combination like this since October 13th, 2000 and it won't happen again until August 13th, 2049.

"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.

What sets the Harvest Moon apart is that typically the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but the Harvest Moon rises only about 30 minutes later every day around the fall equinox, experts say.

"The reason for this seasonal circumstance is that at this time of the year, the path of the Moon through the sky is as close to being along the horizon as it can get".

September Full Moon: Rare Friday 13th Micro Harvest Moon Will Appear Later This Week

So while keeping an eye out for werewolves, goblins and ghosts, check out the full moon! That's due to the location of the moon near the horizon.

"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 opposite of a micromoon is a "supermoon" when the the moon is at perigee, or at the closest point to the Earth in its orbit. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee-the point in its almost month-long elliptical orbit at which it s furthest away from Earth.

You won't want to miss this Micro Harvest Moon.

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