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Rare full moon to illuminate night sky on Friday the 13th

Rare full moon to illuminate night sky on Friday the 13th”

Onlookers will be able to catch a glimpse of a rare full moon on Friday the 13th.

The full moon in September is known as the "Harvest Moon"-a name that may have originated from ancient Native American traditions, or possibly even Anglo-Saxon or old Germanic languages".

That means Friday the 13th will be extra spooky! "The last time this happened was October 13, 2000, and it won't occur again until August 13, 2049", the news magazine said. Those who live in the Eastern Time Zone will see the moon reach its full phase after midnight at 12:33 a.m. on Saturday.

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.

Farmers' Almanac said another reason for a Harvest Moon being unique, is that farmers can work late into the night by this Moon's light.

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The "harvest moon", which is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox, is slated to appear in the sky on September 23.

In astronomical terms, the moon is considered "full" when the Earth is positioned between the sun and our natural satellite.

It is technically just like any other full moon, but because it happens close to an autumn equinox, it has special characteristics.

The Harvest Moon will also peak during a so-called Micromoon when the lunar orb appears up to 14 percent smaller.

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



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