Shine on Harvest Moon

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With only six weeks to Halloween, the upcoming reddish color full moon will excite those that are fans of this unique and wildly different night time event, especially happening on Friday the 13th.

A special and rare ‘Harvest Moon’ will appear in the night sky on Friday, Sept. 13th. The last time the U.S. saw a full moon on Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000. This phenomenon won’t happen again until Aug. 13, 2049.

According to details for NASA, this particular full moon is called the Harvest Moon because it’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The autumnal equinox occurs on September 23rd at 3:50 a.m., marking the metrological end of summer,  and the start of the fall season.

According to the Farmers Almanac, the Harvest Moon is said to symbolize the time of year when farmers would need to start harvesting the fields and gathering the food to prepare for the lean and cold winter months.

The days before and after offer unique colored nearly full moons. NASA suggests the best time to watch the Harvest Moon is Saturday, September 14 at 11:33 PM Central  Daylight Time. 

Local astronomy clubs and the Adler Planetarium will be offering special viewing of this special event.

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