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‘Spookily’ rare full moon on Friday the 13th after 19 years

By: Bohol Island News Staff | 11:52 AM September 13, 2019
This full moon is spookily rare as it will happen on Friday the 13th, which is considered to be an unlucky day. Photo: NASA

Today is Friday the 13th, the date associated with bad luck, haunted houses and that Jason Voorhees’s killing spree on the night of Friday the 13th with a Full Moon lighting up the iconic hockey mask.

But this year’s Friday the 13th has a very rare lunar event, a full moon on a Friday the 13th.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, those living in the Pacific, Central and Mountain time zones will get to gaze on the full moon before midnight on Friday, Sept. 13, but those living in the Eastern time zone will have to fudge a little. Their full moon will happen just after midnight, at 12:33 a.m., pushing it to the much-less-spooky date of Saturday, Sept. 14.

The last time a full moon occurred on Friday, the 13th was 19 years ago, on 13th October, 2000, as reported by Newsweek.

But this full moon will look quite smaller on the night sky that is because the moon will be at its farthest point in its roughly four-week orbit.

Friday night’s moon will be 816 miles farther away from Earth.

The lunar event is pretty rare as the next time the phenomenon will happen will be 20 years later on 13th August 2049 ,as reported by Newsweek.

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