A rare glowing 'harvest moon' will light up the sky tonight

This Friday 13th will be an incredibly rare harvest full moon

This Friday 13th will be an incredibly rare harvest full moon

The moon being close to the horizon means that it's passing through more atmosphere, which tends to make it appear bigger and at times have a glow to it. While those living in the Pacific, Central and Mountain time zones will be able to witness it before midnight i.e on Friday the 13th - September 13.

This time around, Friday's moon will be 806 miles farther than that!

NASA says that the moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time - from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

When best to look at the Harvest Moon?

This is considered a split time zone moon and last happened on June 13, 2014.

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In addition to the spooky date, the September full moon will also be a micromoon, meaning it appear slightly smaller than usual.

He said: "To add to this Full Moon "madness", this upcoming Full Moon very almost coincides with apogee - that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away. That name probably sprang to the lips of farmers throughout the Northern Hemisphere, on autumn evenings, as the Harvest Moon aided in bringing in the crops". Fall wouldn't be fall without the Harvest Moon, and a rare version of this autumnal wonder will light up Florida skies this weekend. This shortens the period between the time the sun sets and the moon rises.And like any full moon, the sun and moon are opposite each other, so the sun cranks up the moon's brightness. Thus, the September Full Moon is closer to the Equinox, and therefore would be the Harvest Moon.

While the phenomenon only occurs once every two decades, that's not the only reason this year's Harvest Moon is rare.

The next time we'll see a Friday the 13th Full Moon will be in August of 2049, but for a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon, we'll have to wait much, much longer. until September of 2171!

The arrival of the Harvest Moon, and soon of Orion, are sure signs that fall is coming. As a result, many buildings don't have a 13th floor, and many people try to avoid things with the number 13 on them, such as jerseys. Also known as the Blood moon or Sanguine moon. So any full moon looks really spectacular. November's full moon is called the Hunter's Moon.

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