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Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

Rare full moon on Friday the 13th”

A full moon on Friday the 13th is approaching at the end of this week, almost.

But, for the casual observer, the nightsky on Friday, September 13, will be dominated by a basically full moon.

The moon should appear full from September 12 until September 15, although NASA says it won't be completely full until 9:30 pm.

The last time the US had a Friday the 13th full moon was on October 13, 2000, experts say.

The moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning. According to Newsweek, if you miss your chance at seeing a Friday the 13th full moon, you're going to have to wait another 30 years. 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 ideal circle.

It won't happen again until August 13th, 2049. The equinox - the first day of fall - is Monday, September 23, this year.

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

"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". While most moons rise approximately 50 minutes after sunset, the harvest moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sun sets.

The upcoming "Harvest Moon" has also been referred to as a "micromoon" as it will appear around 14 percent smaller in the sky. It will be a micro moon because it arrives as the Moon is near apogee, which is the point in its orbit farthest from Earth, about 252,100 miles.

When the moon is at its closest point to Earth, it's called a 'Supermoon'.

Depending on where you live, the Full Moon will peak on Friday, September 13 or in the wee morning hours of Saturday, September 14.



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