LOOK TO THE SKY: Rare full moon on Friday the 13th


This 2019 September full moon will however appear unusually small and dimmer which makes it a micromoon. The moon is known as a harvest moon because it appears full for much longer than other full moons, usually lasting longer into the night and appearing full for a few days after. If we could produce a harvest moon, we'd show off that bad boy all the damn time.

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

Additionally, having a full moon show up the night of Friday 13th is likewise really uncommon. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the light from the moon was historically used by farmers to help them harvest their crops before the season changed.

Unfortunately, Environment Canada is calling for rain Friday night, with a 40 per cent chance of showers and a risk of a thunderstorm.

We're normally treated to one a year, but this one's extra special because it's happening on Friday the 13th.

The Friday the 13th harvest moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty
The Friday the 13th harvest moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty

The next full moon is October 13, named by the almanac the Full Hunter's Moon, a title it says comes from First Nations and American folklore.

He informed the Categorical: "To add to this Full Moon 'madness", this upcoming Full Moon very practically coincides with apogee - that time in its orbit which locations it at its biggest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away. In addition, March 13, 2037, falls on a Friday. They'll occur on January 31 and March 31, both months that will also feature a full moon on the first of the month.

"Go out as the sun is setting, the full moon will be rising in the east and it will be absolutely gorgeous".

What a time to be alive.

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