Rare full moon to appear on Friday the 13th across the US

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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.

Jose Herrera said: "Next Friday is Friday the 13th and it's gonna be a Full Moon so if y'all see me in the woods dancing naked, mind your business".

The Harvest Moon is said to symbolize when farmers would need to start gathering in food to prepare for the lean winter months. Yet, you can still spot the moon throughout the night.

Even though the full moon only occurs at a specific moment in time, it will appear perfectly circular to our eyes for about 24 hours before and after.

A Friday the 13th full moon last occurred on June 13, 2014.

The appearance of a Full Moon on the unlucky date of Friday the 13th only happens once every 20 years. While most moons rise approximately 50 minutes after sunset, the harvest moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sun sets.

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Despite all those special qualities, the full moon this weekend won't be a particularly impressive site.

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This means it will appear about 14 percent smaller, giving it the "Micro Moon" label.

Unless cloud cover blocks the view, the full moon is the easiest celestial event to observe.

The opposite of a micromoon is a "supermoon" when the the moon is at perigee, or at the closest point to the Earth in its orbit. That's due to the location of the moon near the horizon.

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