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How to Watch the Harvest Full Moon on Friday the 13th

This Year's Harvest Moon Is on Friday the 13th, So I'm Obviously Spooked

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: A full harvest moon rises behind Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Centre in New York City on September 16, 2016 as seen from Newark, NJ. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

There's a harvest full moon set to occur on Sept. 13 this year, and it's a pretty special event for more reasons than one. For starters, it'll fall on Friday the 13th, which makes for a spooky start to Spring, and it's also a rare combination that won't occur again for another 30 years.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, a harvest moon is a full moon that occurs closest to the start of the autumnal equinox, and it's nicknamed after a "harvest" because it typically rises shortly after the sun sets for several nights in a row, resulting in more light in the early evening hours that ends up being extremely beneficial to farmers. This year's event is a micromoon (not to be confused with a supermoon), which means the full moon will coincide with apogee, the point in the moon's orbit where it's at its greatest distance from Earth. As a result, the full moon will actually appear 14 percent smaller to us earthlings.

But just because it'll be slightly smaller doesn't mean you shouldn't want to see it anyway. The harvest moon will be visible beginning on the evening of Sept. 13, continuing on into the early hours of Sept. 14. If you live in Australia, the moon is set to reach 100 percent full illumination on Saturday at 2:32 p.m. So grab a friend and be there — and if you don't, then I guess we'll see you in 2049.

Image Source: Getty / Gary Hershorn
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