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

September Full Moon: Rare Friday 13th Micro Harvest Moon Will Appear Later This Week

It won't happen again until August 13th, 2049.

Typically, the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at almost the same time, just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern part of the US, according to NASA.

Alena Kiel said: "Anyway so my birthday is on Friday the 13th and there's a Full Moon so I guess I'm gonna be extra powerful this year".

The Friday the 13th won't be quite as rare in the Eastern time zone because the full moon technically happens just after midnight on the 14th. But, viewing of the Harvest Moon will be best between the early to late evening hours of Friday, and early morning hours of Saturday, experts said.

The moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

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In astronomical terms, the moon is considered "full" when the Earth is positioned between the sun and our natural satellite. The bright light of the moon allows farmers to work a little bit later into the night to bring in their crops before fall sets in. "The moon rises about the time the Sun sets, but more importantly, at this time of year, instead of rising its normal average 50 minutes later each day, the moon seems to rise at almost the same time each night leading up to when it's full".

Despite all those special qualities, the full moon this weekend won't be a particularly impressive site.

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

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

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