Spooky and rare: The moon will be full on Friday the 13th

Spooky and rare: The moon will be full on Friday the 13th

Spooky and rare: The moon will be full on Friday the 13th

If you're a fan of late-night walks, and particularly if you love watching one of nature's greatest sights - the majestic rise of a pale full moon - get ready to be outdoors at dusk this Friday as the whole of North America witnesses a stunning Harvest Moon shining all night long.

Friday's full moon will be unusual for another reason: it takes place on September 13, a day of concern for people suffering from the fear number 13, or triskaidekaphobia.

While most moons appear about 50 minutes after sunset, the Harvest Moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sunsets.

The Harvest Moon is the first full moon that takes place close to the autumn equinox. During this time, the moon will rise just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern USA and only 10 to 20 minutes later for parts of Canada and Europe.

This early moonrise allows farmers to continue working after sunset by the light of the full moon during the height of the harvest season-hence the moon's name.

People living in Central Time, Mountain Time, Pacific Time will get the best visibility on Friday, September 13.

Have you ever even heard of a micro moon?

In the Eastern time zone, the Harvest Moon will reach its peak just after midnight, at 12:33 a.m. Saturday. It's the opposite of a supermoon.

What makes it different is that it's an apogee moon - a moon that's furthest away in its elliptical orbit from Earth.

Full moons on Friday the 13th are an unusual occurrence: The last time the US witnessed a full moon on Friday the 13th was on October 13, 2000, Fox 43 noted.

The Harvest Moon can be seen worldwide, but on varying days and times based on where it's viewed. This means, it typically coincides with the September full moon but it can occasionally occur around the October full moon as well.

In February of 2018, the exact opposite happened when a supermoon graced the sky.