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A Spooky Harvest Full Moon To Be Witnessed This Friday The 13th And You Can't Miss It

A Spooky Harvest Full Moon To Be Witnessed This Friday The 13th And You Can't Miss It

The harvest moon could even potentially be a Supermoon or a Micro moon as it just almost coincides with apogee, "that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth - 252,100 miles away."

For those who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon, a Harvest Moon is a full moon that takes place nearest to the start of fall or the autumnal equinox.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Harvest Moon is a full moon that appears nearest to the start of fall or the autumnal equinox, so it typically coincides with the September full moon — however, it can occasionally occur around the October full moon instead.



 

Scientifically speaking, a Harvest Moon is all about its light. It's the annual full moon that's closest to the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. The Full Moon appears in the Eastern skies well before sunset and provides extra illumination for farmers harvesting their crops (where it gets its name from).



 

Fall is officially said to begin on September 23 (with the Autumnal Equinox), but ahead of its official advent, it appears that Mother Nature has a spooky little surprise ready for us. If you're excited about bingeing some horror movies or dressing up creepy for Halloween, this is something right up your alley: a harvest moon on Friday the 13th. Yes, this is everything your favorite horror flick prepared you for.  



 

To enjoy some moongazing, clear out your Friday evening schedule if you're in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones. The moonrise will take place immediately once the sun sets - and the moon will be brighter than it is on most nights.



 

During the build-up to this unique and rare occurrence, the moon is expected to rise at nearly the same time each night, which means it will appear less than 27 minutes later every night. According to PEOPLE, This year, the Harvest Moon will reach its peak at 12:33 a.m. ET on Sept. 14 for everyone on the East Coast. For those in Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, the fall moon will appear soon after sunset on Sept. 13. This means you've got enough time to watch a horror movie with your friends to get into the spooky spirit of it all.



 

For the astronomy enthusiasts out there, the harvest moon could even potentially be a Supermoon or a Micro moon as it just almost coincides with apogee, "that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth - 252,100 miles away." Essentially this means the moon could appear bigger or smaller than it usually does.



 

Also, if you're wondering about the strange color in videos you may have seen of the Harvest Moon, that effect is caused by the atmosphere of the earth. The reason for the orange color is due to the scattering of light by the atmosphere. When the moon is near the horizon, the moonlight must pass through much more atmosphere than when the moon is directly overhead... That's why you only see yellow, orange, or red.



 

Either way, it is bound to be a fun and beautiful evening. The next harvest moon is only set to occur in the United States in the year 2049 so don't miss this rare opportunity to witness nature in all its magnificence.



 



 

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