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Happy Friday the 13th


Evil Owner
Jun 28, 2010

A full moon will be visible this Friday the 13th

For the first time since October 2000, this month's full moon coincides with Friday the 13th.

The moon will officially be full early Saturday morning, but in many parts of the world, it will be visible on Friday.

A full moon will rise Friday the 13th. Here's why it's so rare - and why it'll look small

A Harvest Moon will occur on the upcoming Friday the 13th, making for a spooky night just ahead of the start of fall — the season of haunted hayrides and Halloween.

The full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is called a Harvest Moon. Autumn officially begins on September 23 at 3:50 a.m. EDT.

However, this year's Harvest Moon is unlike most in that it will coincide with Friday the 13th. This rarity hasn't happened since a full moon appeared on October 13, 2000.

The name Harvest Moon has symbolic meaning, NASA explains, because farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the moon to prepare for the winter ahead.

While Friday the 13th is usually considered a day of bad luck, you may be fortunate enough to view the Harvest Moon, especially if you try in the middle of the night. According to NASA, peak viewing time will be a little after midnight — on Saturday, September 14 at 12:33 a.m. EDT.

Get ready to howl.

A stunning "harvest" moon will rise in the eastern sky on the evening of Friday the 13th, and the nearly full moon will be visible each night through the weekend, barring pesky clouds.

(Although the official moment of the full moon is actually 12:33 a.m. EDT on Saturday the 14th, it will still look plenty full throughout Friday evening, EarthSky said.)

It's quite rare for a full moon to appear on Friday the 13th. It most recently occurred on Oct. 13, 2000, and won’t again until Aug. 13, 2049, the Farmers Almanac reported.

What's a harvest moon?

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 nights running, giving more light.

Why the "harvest" moon nickname?

"In the days before tractors with headlights, having moonlight to work by was crucial to getting the harvest in quickly before rain caused it to rot," according to Alan MacRobert, an editor at Sky &Telescope magazine.

Many crops ripen all at once in late summer and early autumn, so farmers found themselves extremely busy at this time of year, according to NASA. They had to work after sundown. Moonlight became an essential part of farming and, thus, the harvest moon was born.

It's a 'micromoon,' too!

This month's full moon is also an unusually small full moon: On Friday, the moon reaches "apogee," the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, hence the "micromoon" nickname, Astronomy magazine reports. On Friday, it's 252,511 miles from Earth’s center.

At its apogee, the full moon will appear 14% smaller to people on Earth than when the moon is at its closest, making it a micromoon, HuffPost reported. This is the opposite effect of the famed "supermoon," when the moon is as close as it can get to Earth.

So, does a full moon affect human behavior?

If you're feeling rather squirrelly Friday night, blame the combination of triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) and the lunar effect, the idea that there’s some correlation between moon cycles and human behavior. In fact, the full moon has been associated with strange or insane behavior, including suicide, sleepwalking and violence, AccuWeather reports.

On a calmer note, take a listen to this catchy pop standard from the early 1930s about the shining harvest moon:


Friday the 13th.
Harvest moon.
Micro moon.
Full moon.


Boombox Brock

Active Member
Jul 27, 2018
Any of you guys read any of the leaked scripts for the movies that got canned? One was a found footage flick. That one seemed interesting. The other not as much though.