Rare full moon to move across sky this weekend

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A rare Harvest Moon will appear in the night sky on Friday, September 13th.

So why is this timing so special? According to Newsweek, if you miss your chance at seeing a Friday the 13th full moon, you're going to have to wait another 30 years.

A Friday the 13th full moon last occurred on June 13, 2014. But, viewing of the Harvest Moon will be best between the early to late evening hours of Friday, and early morning hours of Saturday, experts said.

This means the Harvest Moon precedes the Autumn Equinox by just nine days this year. In this alignment-which occurs roughly every once a month-the face of the moon that we can see is fully illuminated, appearing like a ideal circle. The bright light of the moon allows farmers to work a little bit later into the night to bring in their crops before fall sets in.

Technically, a full moon occurs at a specific moment.

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According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon will turn full at 12:33 a.m. on September 14 for those in the Eastern Time Zone.

When viewed from Los Angeles, the Full Moon will peak around 9.32pm PDT.

The appearance of a Full Moon on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th only happens once every 20 years.

Mr Rao said: "To add to this Full Moon "madness", this upcoming Full Moon very almost coincides with apogee - that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away".

The opposite of a micromoon is a "supermoon" when the the moon is at perigee, or at the closest point to the Earth in its orbit.

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