A rare harvest moon will dazzle the skies Friday the 13th

James Marshall
September 14, 2019

The superstitious might worry about tomorrow's full moon falling on a Friday the 13th. It is said that farmers would use the light of this moon to work late at night harvesting their fields.

The 2019 Harvest Moon is set to rise on the ominous date of Friday, Sept. 13.

Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples attended the Last Supper, totalling 13 people, on the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday.

It doesn't matter what kind of full moon it is - a micromoon or a supermoon - as it always looks big. The last full moon on the spooky day was in 2006, and the next one will be in 2049, Petro said.

For those who live in the Unites States - the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the start of the autumnal equinox - will be lighting up the skies on Friday the 13th of September, per the Farmers' Almanac. That's because it's almost at apogee, the Almanac reports. This one is even rarer occurring near apogee, the furthest point in the Moon's orbit.

The Harvest Moon rising over central Pennsylvania on September 16, 2016. The harvest moon often appears large and orange, since many people observe it as it surfaces above the horizon. This shortens the period between the time the sun sets and the moon rises.And like any full moon, the sun and moon are opposite each other, so the sun cranks up the moon's brightness.

When is the Harvest Moon? Thus, a Friday, October 13 Full Moon - around 20 days after the Equinox - would be preceded by a September 13 or 14 Full Moon - around 10 days before the Equinox.

Normally, a full moon occurs at a specific moment. It later was recorded by many different singers, including Ruth Etting in 1931, Kate Smith in 1933, The Four Acres in 1955, and Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in 1960, according to BING magazine. Consequently, this full moon will be visible while 100% illuminated to the whole of North America. According to Forbes, the best time to view the harvest moon is at nightfall, when it rises. So any full moon looks really spectacular.

"Any night over the weekend, after sunset or around sunset, watch for the full moon rising in the east and you will be impressed". Also known as the Frosty moon.

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