A full harvest moon on Friday 13th has not been seen in America since 2000. This year’s harvest moon will also be a micro moon.
A micro moon occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its furthest distance from Earth, (its apogee), appearing 14% smaller seen from earth compared to its closest orbit during a super moon (its perigee).
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, a full moon at the peak of fall harvest season allows farmers to “work late into the night by this Moon’s light.”
If you’re in the Pacific, Central, Mountain and Alaskan time zones, you’ll be able to view the harvest moon just before midnight on Friday, the 13th. Those living on the East Coast will have to wait until about 12.33am on Saturday the 14th.
A full moon may be spooky for some and when it falls on Friday the 13th, even more so. However, it is very rarely. This previously occurred on June 13, 2014 and was only visible on the East Coast and prior to that, with nationwide visibility, on 13 October, 2000.
For those not keen on either the full moon or Friday the 13th, no worries, the next one with nationwide visibility won’t happen again until Aug. 13, 2049, and for those who love the full moon regardless, enjoy!