Rare full moon to appear on Friday the 13th across the US

James Marshall
September 11, 2019

A rare harvest moon will show itself Friday and Saturday nights.

NASA says the best time to watch the Full moon is Saturday, September 14th at 12:33 a.m.

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.

The so-called "Harvest Moon", which is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox or the start of fall on Sept. 23, will be visible on Sept. 13 and into the early hours on Sept. 14, according to the Farmers' Almanac. 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.

Maine Farmers' Almanac astronomer Joe Rao said: "The arrival of this year's Harvest Moon will depend on which time zone you happen to live in".

Skywatchers have a name for every full moon in a month, but the harvest moon is more than just a name.

In Toronto, for example, the sun is slated to set at 7:31 p.m., and the moon is expected to rise at 7:46 p.m. on Friday, according to the website Time and Date. That's due to the location of the moon near the horizon.

Technically, a full moon occurs at a specific moment.

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

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

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

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