Rare Glowing Harvest Moon To Appear In Sky Tonight
Its Friday 13, and the air is quickly becoming crisp and autumnal. If ever there was a day to feel a little shiver of pre-Halloween creepiness, its today.
And – in a spooky twist of fate – today also coincides with a full Harvest Moon; making this evening a prime time for werewolves and witches to roam wild and free.
A full moon on Friday 13 is quite a rare occurrence. The last one rose on October 13, 2000, and we wont see another one until August 13, 2049.
Depending on whereabouts you live in the world, the Harvest Moon will peak on Friday, September 13 or in the early hours of Saturday, September 14.
This moon is the opposite of a super moon, and is known as a micro moon. This means it will be 14 per cent smaller than the average full moon, being at the furthest possible point from the Earth: a full 252,100 miles away.
The Harvest Moon is the full moon which occurs closest to the September equinox each year, and signals the coming of the autumn season.
A rare type of full moon will appear this Friday 13th, for the last time for 30 years, which farmers reportedly believe brings good luck… Will you be lucky? Ps. Dont dare leave the house #HarvestMoon #FridayThe13th pic.twitter.com/kIcrJrBl7s
— UK HAUNTED® (@UKHaunted) September 12, 2019
According to NASA, the Harvest Moon has symbolic meaning as farmers sometimes work late into the night by moonlight in preparation for the winter ahead, with the word first used in the year 1706.
Astronomer Deborah Byrd of EarthSky.org told the Daily Express:
In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours.
As the Suns light faded in the west, the Moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.
Who named the Harvest Moon? That name probably sprang to the lips of farmers throughout the Northern Hemisphere, on autumn eveningsRead More – Source