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TechnologyRare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years

01:40  11 september  2019
01:40  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Friday the 13 th is here, and it's extra spooky this week. The date associated with bad luck, haunted houses and that 1980s summer-camp slasher film series will get a full moon for the A nationwide Friday the 13 th full moon hasn't happened since Oct. 13, 2000, and won't happen again until Aug.

September's full moon , known as the Harvest Moon ,, will be visible shortly before midnight on Friday the 13 th for many Americans. NASA says that the moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time — from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

Friday the 13th will be extra spooky this week. The date associated with bad luck, haunted houses and that 1980s summer-camp slasher film series will get a full moon for the first time in years.

Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett

According to the Farmers' Almanac, those living in the Pacific, Central and Mountain time zones will get to gaze on the full moon before midnight on Friday, Sept. 13, but those living in the Eastern time zone will have to fudge a little. Their full moon will happen  just after midnight, at 12:33 a.m., pushing it to the much-less-spooky date of Saturday, Sept. 14.

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It’s the first time in 13 years that Friday the 13 th has a full moon . Today is 1. Friday the 13 th , 2. A full moon , and 3. A micro moon (the smallest the moon can look / the farthest point away from Earth).

It's quite rare for a full moon to appear on Friday the 13 th . It most recently occurred on Oct. The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, which this year is Sept. 23. It's different from other full moons because it rises at roughly the same time for several

Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years© CNET

A brilliant full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017.

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East coasters last saw a Friday the 13th full moon on June 13, 2014, the Farmers' Almanac reports. A nationwide Friday the 13th full moon hasn't happened since Oct. 13, 2000, and won't happen again until Aug. 13, 2049.

A full moon in September is also called a harvest moon, meaning it's the full moon nearest to Sept. 23, the autumnal equinox. But unlike that stunningly bright supermoon that starred in so many great photos back in February, this one will appear 14 percent smaller than that, leading some to call it a micro moon. That's because it's nearly at apogee, the Almanac reports. Apogee is the point in the moon's orbit where it's at its greatest distance from Earth, 252,100 miles away.

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A rare Harvest Moon will appear in the night sky on Friday , Sept. 13. The last time the U.S. saw a full moon on Friday the 13 th was Oct. The Harvest Moon is said to symbolize when farmers would need to start gathering in food to prepare for the lean winter months.

The best time to get a peek is when the micro moon reaches its peak at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The full harvest moon will rise just after sunset, though.

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Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
Rare full moon to light up Friday the 13th for the first time in years
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