Very rare Harvest ‘Micromoon’ rises on Friday the 13th

Very rare Harvest ‘Micromoon’ rises on Friday the 13th
Very rare Harvest ‘Micromoon’ rises on Friday the 13th

It’s something that happens only once every couple of decades: a full moon on Friday the 13th.

What makes this one particularly special, however, is that it will be smaller than the average full moon, a whole 14 percent smaller, to be exact, making it a ‘micromoon’.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Maine Farmers’ Almanac astronomer Joe Rao said the reduced size is due to the position of the moon when it peaks.

He said: “To add to this Full Moon ‘madness’, this upcoming Full Moon very nearly coincides with apogee – that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away.

“Remember last February, when the Full Moon coincided with perigee, its closest point to Earth?

“The Moon was more than 30,000 miles closer and was accordingly branded a ‘Supermoon’.”

And what’s more, depending on where you live, the rare ‘micromoon’ could be extra spooky this year as it is set to appear on Friday 13.

A full moon on Friday 13 is extremely rare. The last one was almost 20 years ago, back in 2000 and we are not expected to see another one until 2049.


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