Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

  • Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

Rare full moon on Friday the 13th

According to Newsweek, if you miss your chance at seeing a Friday the 13th full moon, you're going to have to wait another 30 years.

Canadians will be able to spot the Harvest Moon in the sky throughout the night of Friday, September 13th, giving those who believe in Friday the 13th superstitions, something extra to worry about. In fact, the last full moon on a Friday the 13th took place in June 2014, the almanac said.

The appearance of a Full Moon on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th only happens once every 20 years.

The full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is called a Harvest Moon. The equinox - the first day of fall - is Monday, September 23, this year. It's not Labor Day.

The name Harvest Moon has symbolic meaning, NASA explains, because farmers sometimes need to work late into the night by the light of the moon to prepare for the winter ahead.

A passenger aircraft descends towards Heathrow Airport with a full moon seen behind in west London- File
A passenger aircraft descends towards Heathrow Airport with a full moon seen behind in west London- File

"The reason for this seasonal circumstance is that at this time of the year, the path of the Moon through the sky is as close to being along the horizon as it can get". While a regular moon will rise around 50 minutes after the sunsets.

However, depending on where you live in Canada, the moon will reach it's the fullest point at different times throughout the night. This means it will appear about 14 percent smaller, giving it the "Micro Moon" label.

In this file photo, the Reid family harvest their wheat crop under a harvest moon near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

When viewed from Los Angeles, the Full Moon will peak around 9.32pm PDT.