Harvest “Micro-moon” to shine on night of Friday the 13th

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September’s full moon will rise on the evening Friday the 13th.

The September full moon is known as the Harvest Moon. It usually rises near the autumn equinox.

This year’s Harvest Moon is also a “micro-moon.” When we look up from the Earth’s surface, the moon will appear slightly smaller.

This phenomena is due to the moon’s elliptical orbit. When the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth it is known as its lunar apogee. According to Time and Date, the moon will appear 14% smaller than a typical full moon.

Technically, the moon will become full in the Eastern Time Zone at 12:32 a.m. Saturday.

The last time a full moon appeared on Friday the 13th was October 13, 2000. Another one won’t occur until August 13, 2049.

If you catch a glimpse of the Harvest Moon, you can send photos to our WFXR News Facebook page.

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