Friday the 13th Full Moon

Friday the 13th Full Moon

Making Friday night and Saturday night the ideal opportunity in Perth to witness the smaller moon.

Harvest moons also appear to rise around the same time each day for a few days.

A full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, which signifies the end of summer and start of fall, is the Harvest Moon. That's because the moon will be at apogee, or the farthest point in its roughly four-week orbit.

In the Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, the moon turns full before midnight on Friday. Most of the time, the moon sits somewhere in between those bounds. Until it's firmly planted high in the sky, however, it'll be tough to appreciate just how small it looks. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the light from the moon was historically used by farmers to help them harvest their crops before the season changed. The origin of this is traced to the 13 Apostils and the last super being on Friday.

The next full moon is October 13, named by the almanac the Full Hunter's Moon, a title it says comes from First Nations and American folklore.

"Go out as the sun is setting, the full moon will be rising in the east and it will be absolutely gorgeous". Not only was the last Friday the 13th full moon 13 years ago in 2006, but the last time we saw a Friday the 13th Harvest Moon was over 84 years ago in 1935.

And if you're looking for something really riveting, mark your calendar for 2037.

Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum. In addition, March 13, 2037, falls on a Friday.

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