A rare 'Micro Harvest Moon' will appear this weekend

Pablo Tucker
September 10, 2019

The Moon on Saturday night into Sunday morning also will be mostly a full moon.

A rare Harvest Moon, also called a micromoon, will be visible in the skies this week - on Friday the 13th for some. But, for the casual observer, the nightsky on Friday, September 13, will be dominated by a basically full moon.

A full moon on Friday the 13th is approaching at the end of this week, almost.

In this file photo, the Reid family harvest their wheat crop under a harvest moon near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon closest to the fall equinox-which this year takes place on September 23-traditionally had a special significance for farmers who were in the middle of the harvest season because it enabled them to work later into the evenings. According to Pinpoint Weather Meteorologist Chris Tomer, skies look clear Friday night into Saturday morning.

The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019. It previously happened on October 13, 2000, and won't happen again until August 13, 2049. Those in the central, mountain or pacific time zones will be able to see the full moon before midnight on September 13.

Maine Farmers' Almanac astronomer Joe Rao said: "The arrival of this year's Harvest Moon will depend on which time zone you happen to live in".

Unless cloud cover blocks the view, the full moon is the easiest celestial event to observe.

The appearance of a Full Moon on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th only happens once every 20 years.

"Remember last February, when the Full Moon coincided with perigee, its closest point to Earth?"

It's mini! This year's harvest moon will occur during the apogee, or the point in the moon's orbit when it's farthest from Earth.

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