It's a full, micro, harvest moon on Friday the 13th

James Marshall
September 10, 2019

The full moon on Friday will also be a harvest moon, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

Even though the full moon only occurs at a specific moment in time, it will appear perfectly circular to our eyes for about 24 hours before and after.

A full moon on Friday the 13th is approaching at the end of this week, almost. It previously happened on October 13, 2000, and won't happen again until August 13, 2049.

"So, grab a friend and head outside on Friday night!"

"Harvest Moon" got its name because a full moon during September is around the same time farmers harvest crops.

Here in the United Kingdom, the Harvest Moon will arrive around 5.32am BST (4.32am UTC).

While superstitiously known as an unlucky day, this Friday will be lucky for skywatchers who have been waiting for this month's Harvest Moon.

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

"If you live in the Eastern Time Zone, the moment the Moon turns full will occur just after midnight-at 12.33am - on Saturday, the 14th".

"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.

Unless cloud cover blocks the view, the full moon is the easiest celestial event to observe.

Over Chicago, Illinois, the Full Moon will peak around 11.32pm CDT.

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.

Experts say this phenomenon is said to occur once every 20 years on average. 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.

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.

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