A Friday the 13th harvest micromoon. What does it all mean?
Skywatchers in North America will be treated to a "triple threat" event Friday night.
The annual harvest moon will fall on the superstitious Friday the 13th "holiday," and it will be considered a micromoon.
But what does that all mean?
The harvest moon is the first full moon closest to the fall equinox. The harvest moon also happens around the time where farmers are harvesting their summer crops in preparation for the fall planting season. The harvest moon has other meanings in other cultures and religions as well. The harvest moon marks the beginning of the Moon Festival in China. In Wiccan religion, they believe the harvest moon is not only the time to reap your physical seeds that you've sown, but also the mental and emotional growth through the year.
Friday the 13th is known to many as an unlucky day. It combines the thrill and enjoyment of Friday ending the work week with the unlucky number 13. Friday the 13th has been the basis for many superstitions, and the basis for horror movies as well.
A micromoon is the opposite of the supermoon we've seen quite a bit about over the past year. A micromoon is when a full moon happens as the moon is the farthest away from Earth in its orbit. Compared to a supermoon, a micromoon is noticeably smaller and a little bit dimmer.
The last Friday the 13th harvest moon was on October 13, 2000. The next Friday the 13th harvest moon will be on August 13, 2049.