This year’s Harvest Moon is a special one.
Lovers of all things spooky and superstitious may want to plan a horror movie night or trip to the cemetery because tonight, Friday the 13th, will play host to this year’s harvest full moon.
The moment the moon turns full will happen before midnight tonight for Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones, while the Eastern time zone will only experience their full moon after midnight.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this rare phenomenon last happened on Friday, October 13th, 2000 and will not happen again until August 13th, 2049.
Tonight’s full moon is also a “Harvest moon” which was once celebrated by farmers for the extra light afforded for harvesting crops, as it extended the work day by a few hours.
In Victoria, we may not be able to see the lunar spectacle as forecasts predict nothing but rain and clouds tonight.
Nevertheless, the full moon promises to be hiding behind the clouds, welcoming us to a spook-tacular fall season ahead!
And yes, it’s Friday the 13th and there’s a full Moon – but for superstitious folks out there – there’s no need to worry. A full Moon just means that we can see the half of the Moon that is facing the Sun. There’s always a full Moon somewhere in space! It’s just your perspective. pic.twitter.com/ezTH0BEl8l
— NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) September 13, 2019