Rare full moon to move across sky this weekend

Rare full moon to move across sky this weekend

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.

Other names for the full moon of September, from Native American peoples, are the full corn moon and full barley moon, which are based on its proximity to harvest time for those two crops.

The next full Moon will be early Saturday morning, September 14, 2019.

So why is this timing so special?

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

However, Americans in the Pacific, Central, Mountain and Alaskan time zones will witness the full moon on Friday 13-a day that is considered unlucky in Western superstition. For those living in the Eastern Time Zone, this will be 12:33 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

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Farmers' Almanac said another reason for a Harvest Moon being unique, is that farmers can work late into the night by this Moon's light.

The Harvest Moon this week is the ninth Full Moon of the year and one of the most chilling spectacles of astronomy. While most moons rise approximately 50 minutes after sunset, the harvest moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sun sets.

Adding to the rarity, this upcoming full moon almost coincides with apogee, the point in the moon's orbit which places it at its greatest distance from Earth at 252,100 miles away.

Technically, a full moon occurs at a specific moment. That's more than 30,000 farther "out" than the closest point in the Moon's orbit, the perigee.

Last February, the moon was at its closest point to Earth and called a "Supermoon".

When viewed from Los Angeles, the Full Moon will peak around 9.32pm PDT. As a result, the full moon this week will appear about 14 percent smaller.

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