OLD MONROE, MO – A full moon is set to light up the sky tonight, this is the first time that’s happened on a Friday the 13th since the year 2000. The last time there was a full moon nationwide was on Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. The east coast experienced one on June 13, 2014, though in all other U.S. time zones it happened on June 12.
The rare occurrence won’t happen again nationwide until August 13, 2049.
“It has been calculated that to have a full Moon occur on the 13th day of a particular month, and for that day to be a Friday, it is (on average) a once in 20-year occurrence!” according to the almanac.
This particular full moon is also known as the “Harvest Moon.”
A harvest moon is a full moon that usually occurs around the autumnal equinox (September 23, the first day of fall!) but sometimes slides into October in the Western Hemisphere.
A harvest moon rises about 25 minutes after the sun sets in most of the northern United States, NASA said, 25 minutes earlier than a typical moon. This brings extra light in the evenings.