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Brighton Journal | 22nd October 2019

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A full Harvest Moon is appearing tonight, Friday the 13th

A full Harvest Moon is appearing tonight, Friday the 13th
Lauren Nicolle

Tonight, star-gazers will see an impressive full Harvest Moon light up the sky. This unusual occurrence will be the first time in nearly two decades that a harvest moon has occurred on Friday the 13th. 

A ‘Harvest Moon’ is the name given to the full moon occurring at this time of year, so this isn’t a particularly rare event. However, tonight’s moon is being called a ‘micro-moon’ due to being about 14% smaller in the sky than an average full moon. The moon’s reduced size is due to the position of the moon when it peaks.

It’s reduced size will not effect the moon’s luminosity and will still be a pretty impressive event. People all over the world are preparing for the mayhem that will ensue considering it coincides with the spooky night of Friday the 13th. The last time that happened was October the 13th, 2000, and we’ll have to wait till August 13th, 2049 for the next one.

Here in the UK, the Full Moon will not reach full illumination until the early morning hours of Saturday. According to space agency , the Full Moon will peak around 5.33am BST. However, to an untrained eye the moon a few hours before the peak will not look any different.

If you don’t manage to catch a glimpse tonight, don’t worry – the moon will appear full for three days centred around the peak.

 

Featured image: © Pixabay 

 

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