Full Moon Falls on Friday the 13th for First Time in Years

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 13, 2019 - 10:22 am
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(WCBS 880) — It’s Friday the 13th and Mother Nature is helping to set the mood.

A Harvest Moon will appear in the sky, creating a spooky atmosphere just before the beginning of the fall season.

The moon will light up the entire night, but at exactly 17 minutes after midnight, the moon will be at its fullest directly over New York City.

Tonight's moon will also have a second name, "Micro Moon," because it is currently at its farthest point from Earth, which is known as its apogee

The full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is referred to as the Harvest Moon. It got it’s name because farmers would often have to work under the moon’s light during the peak of the harvest season to prepare for upcoming winters.

It’s incredibly rare for a full moon to fall on Friday the 13th – which is notoriously a superstitious day and holds a long history of bringing bad luck.

The last time the moon was at its fullest on the infamous day was Oct. 13, 2000. The next time a full moon will show up on Friday the 13th is in the summer of 2049.

Autumn officially kicks off on Sept.23 at 3:50 a.m.