Full moon on Friday the 13th, but clouds might block the view

An uncommon Harvest Moon is showing up tonight Friday the 13th

An uncommon Harvest Moon is showing up tonight Friday the 13th

This 2019 September full moon will however appear unusually small and dimmer which makes it a micromoon. This was also the case in January 2006, when the moon rose the night of the 13th, but became full at 4:48 am on the following day. However, the difference between the micromoon and any other full moon might not actually be entirely apparent unless you're an avid moon watcher. This iteration will appear 14 percent smaller than February's spectacularly large supermoon, according to Farmers' Almanac, because it will have almost reached apogee, meaning the moon's farthest point of orbit - 252,100 miles - from Earth.

We haven't seen a Harvest Moon occur on Friday the 13th since October of 2000, and it'll be awhile before it happens again. Friday night's moon will be 1 313 km farther than that. Just look to the east about five minutes after sunset, and you'll see the orange disk poking above the horizon.

The annual Harvest Moon, so named in the Old Farmer's Almanac is closest to the autumnal equinox, which takes place on September 23.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, full moons on Friday the 13th are pretty rare.

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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.

The full moon has been associated with superstition and mystical happenings in many cultures.

And if you're looking for something really riveting, mark your calendar for 2037. In addition, March 13, 2037, falls on a Friday. They also rise 30 minutes later as opposed to the standard 50 minutes for regular moons.

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