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Rare full moon will illuminate Friday the 13th for the first time in years


The full moon rises at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in 2017.

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Friday the 13th will be even more scary this week. The date associated with bad luck, haunted houses and the slasher film series on the summer camps of the 1980s will have the full moon for the first time in years.

According to Farmers' Almanac, those living in the Pacific, Central and Mountain time zones will have time to contemplate the full moon before Friday, September 13 at midnight, but those who live in the time zone of the East will have to flee a little. Their full moon will take place just after midnight, at 12:33, which will push it to the much less sinister date of Saturday, September 14.

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On Friday, June 13, 2014, East Coasters saw a 13th Friday full moon, reports the Farmers & Almanac. On Friday, October 13, 2000, the 13th full moon did not occur across the country and will not happen again until August 13, 2049.

A full moon in September is also called harvest moon, which means it is the full moon closest to September 23, the autumn equinox. But unlike that incredibly bright supermoon This is what appeared in many beautiful photos last February, it will appear 14% smaller than that, which leads some to call a micro-moon. This is because it is almost at its peak, reports the Almanac. Apogee is the point in the moon's orbit that is at its greatest distance from the Earth, at 252,100 miles.

Originally released on September 10th.

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