Get into the spirit of Halloween with a full micro harvest moon on September 13.
Friday the 13th is a day full of superstitions, writings on the wall, ladders 'bout to fall, and that time of year when you start to believe in things that you don’t understand. Well, this September, Friday the 13th is about to get a ghoul-of-a-lot spookier with the presence of an extra-creepy harvest moon.
On September 13, the world of the living will be graced by an extremely rare and unique moon known as a “micro harvest moon.” This moon will illuminate the sky until sunrise and bring out all the creepy crawlies and things that go bump in the night.
What Is a Micro Harvest Moon?
We all know what a full moon is, but did you know that not all full moons are alike? A harvest moon describes when a full moon occurs at the peak of fall harvest season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this moon provides enough light for farmers to work well into the night. The moon rises right after sunset and sets around sunrise, shining for the world all night long.
However, the moon we can expect to see on Friday the 13th is not only a Harvest moon—it is also a rare micro moon. A micro moon occurs when the full moon is at the point in its orbit where it is the greatest distance from the Earth. Therefore, the moon we will see this Friday will look about 13 percent smaller than usual. Are you spooked out by all the 13s yet?
The occurrence of a normal full moon on Friday the 13th is rare. The last time we saw it happen was on October 13, 2000, and the next time we can expect to see it again is on August 13, 2049. However, a full micro harvest moon occurring on Friday the 13th is so rare that it’s downright eerie. We are all in for a trick-or-treat that will last a lifetime.
When Can You See the Mysterious Moon?
If you are on the East Coast, you will see a perfect view of the spooky, harvest moon at 12:33 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. However, if you live in the central, mountain, or pacific time zone, you can expect to see the full moon as soon as the sun fades out of existence on September 13. Be sure to check your local moonrise times online and look to the east when it occurs. There you will be able to spot the spooky moon as it invades the night sky.
For a couple of days after the appearance of the harvest moon, the moon will also rise very soon after sunset. This means that we will be able to see extremely majestic moonlight very early in the evening over the next few days. The moon is expected to go back to normal when it reaches the last quarter in its cycle.
So, get your phones and cameras ready and be sure to snap some shots of the moon for the 'gramz. Show us your best photos and be careful on the unluckiest day of the year!