It’s spooky SZN, and it’s almost official.
On Friday the 13th, a harvest micromoon will appear in the skies this weekend. But it’s no ordinary moon. It’s a full moon, but a tiny full moon that has been called a “harvest micromoon.”
“Those familiar with a full moon know that’s when the face of the moon appears fully illuminated from Earth. But not all full moons are the same. Some are harvest moons, some are micromoons ― and a few are both,” according to The Huffington Post.
Harvest moons occur at the peak of the harvest season, allowing farmers to still work late into the night. But the moon is unique for another reason, too.
“It’s also a micromoon, which happens when the full moon is at the point in the moon’s orbit where it’s at its greatest distance from Earth, called apogee. At its apogee, the full moon will appear 14% smaller to people on Earth than when the moon is at its closest, making it a micromoon,” according to The Huffington Post.
The moon will happen on Friday and Saturday, depending on where you live, according to Forbes.
The moon will reach 100% at 12:33 a.m. on Saturday and 10:33 p.m. MST.
“However, that’s not when to observe the Harvest Moon, which is best done by looking to the east at moonrise on Friday or by looking to the west at moonset early on Saturday morning. Find local times for moonrise and moonset for your location,” according to Forbes.