There is nothing like watching a beautiful moon light up the sky and if you are a stargazer, you are definitely in for some treat, thanks to the rare harvest moon.
Friday the 13th. There's something super spooky whenever you hear this date. Maybe it's the horror movies that have left us thinking it is indeed an ominous date. So much so that Friday the 13th horror movies have helped hold on to the date’s scary associations with many high-rise buildings even avoid labeling the 13th floor, and directly moving from 12 to 14.
And here's something for all the horror buffs out there who enjoy watching the night sky in all its glory. The night sky at any point of the year is truly a sight that is to marvel upon.
There is nothing like watching a beautiful moon light up the sky and if you are a stargazer like me, you are definitely in for some treat in a few days. Yes, from "Super blood Moons" to "Full worm supermoons" and even the stunning "Strawberry Moon", we've all noticed several interesting phases of the Moon.
And now, stargazers, you will able to witness a full "harvest" moon that will appear in the night sky across the United States on 13th September, which coincidentally is a Friday. It will also be seen into the early hours of Saturday, Sept. 14.
According to Newsweek, the moon is considered "full" when the Earth is positioned between the sun and our natural satellite. This alignment occurs roughly every once a month and hence it looks like a perfect circle, making it seem fully illuminated.
Now you must be wondering what's so special about the Harvest Moon? Well, for starters, a regular moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, while the Harvest Moon is only 30 minutes later than the day before.
We have the full moon Saturday Sept 14. Harvest Moon. Also called corn Moon. Comey in the cornfield. Q: Is the corn ready for harvesting? It is now. Good crop this season? Look skyward on Friday the 13th for best view. pic.twitter.com/fBepwINsjK— Donnie D @donnie_maga (@donnie_maga) September 10, 2019
So what it basically means is that after Harvest Moon appears for a few days, moonrise will come soon after sunset and this makes the moon look spectacular and gram-worthy, during the early evenings.
If we are looking at a more historical reason, the harvest moon, as you may have guessed, helped farmers in harvesting their summer crops ahead of the fall season, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
Before fall’s official arrival on September 23, a rare sighting of the Harvest Moon will happen on Friday, September 13th. That's when a full moon occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. -in-a-20-year occurrence, so your next chance to see one in the U.S. is August 13, 2049. pic.twitter.com/79SY1nch0E— Chef Gregory (@omdohmydog1) September 10, 2019
It explains: "For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops."
The Newsweek report also added that the US rarely gets a harvest moon that falls on Friday the 13th. This happened last time on October 13, 2000, and if you miss it this weekend, then you will have to wait until August 13, 2049.
You should be able to see the moon in its 100% illumination at the same global time of 4:33 am UTC, which is at 5.33 BST a.m./12:33 a.m. on Saturday and 9.33 p.m. PDT on Friday.
However, the Harvest Moon can be observed best by looking to the east at moonrise on Friday or by looking to the west at moonset early on Saturday morning. As reported by Forbes. If you’re in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones, you’ll be able to this the harvest moon once the sun sets. And if you are on the East coast, you’ll see the Harvest Moon just after midnight—at 12:33 a.m. on Saturday, the 14th.