Full moon to happen on Friday the 13th for the first time in nearly 20 years

Posted at 3:01 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 15:01:39-04

A rare Harvest Moon will appear in the night sky on Friday, Sept. 13. The last time the U.S. saw a full moon on Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000.

It won’t happen again until Aug. 13, 2049.

According to NASA, it’s called the Harvest Moon because it’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The autumnal equinox occurs on Sept. 23 at 3:50 a.m., marking the end of summer and the start of fall.

The Harvest Moon is said to symbolize when farmers would need to start gathering in food to prepare for the lean winter months.

NASA says the best time to watch the Full moon is Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12:33 a.m.