There will be a Full Moon on Friday The 13th in September 2019. But not just any full moon.
That’s because this Full Moon is a Harvest Moon that occurs near the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall.
What Time Does The 2019 Harvest Moon Occur?
On the Florida’s east coast, the Harvest Moon will rise over the Atlantic Ocean around 7:36 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, September 13th, and set the following morning around 7:22 a.m., with some slight time variation (+/- 20 minutes) depending on the viewer’s exact location.
In the U.S., the Full Moon occurs on Saturday the 14th at 12:33 a.m. in the Eastern Time Zone but occurs before midnight on Friday The 13th in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific Time Zones.
When is the best time to watch the Full Moon?
Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.
So, the Harvest Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise.
Why is September’s Full Moon Called a Harvest Moon?
The Harvest Moon gets its name from agriculture.
In the days before electric lights, farmers depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset. It was the only way they could gather their ripening crops in time for market.
That’s why the Full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox became known as “the Harvest Moon.”
Usually, the Harvest Moon arrives a few days to weeks before or after the beginning of fall.
This year, the Autumn Equinox and changing of the calendar seasons occurred on September 23, 2019.
Equinox means “equal night” in Latin, capturing the idea that daytime and nighttime are equal lengths everywhere on the planet.