The Full Harvest Moon On Friday 13th

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The Full Harvest Moon shortly after moon rise. (09-13-2019)

The Full Moon on a Friday 13th is a rare occurrence. The last time, we had a Full Moon on a Friday 13th, was back in October 2000. The next time will take even longer, almost 30 years, in August 2049. Today’s Full Moon is also an apogee Moon with a distance of 252,511 miles (406,377 km). This is called a “Micromoon” and looks approximately 14% smaller than a “Supermoon”. The illuminated area also appears about 30% smaller, so it might look less bright in tonight’s sky. The next Full Micromoon will occur on October 1st, 2020, and then on Halloween 2020.