A rare Harvest Moon
- Normally, the Moon rises an average of 50 minutes after the sunset but the Harvest Moon comes soon after the sunset due to autumn equinox.
- It creates an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which had been a traditional aide to farmers in the past with harvesting of their summer-grown crops. Hence, the name “Harvest” Moon.
- With Harvest Moon coinciding with the 13th, the phenomenon is being seen as a spooky element in the west, given superstitions about the date.
- There’s also the theory that 13 gets a bad rep for coming after the “complete” number twelve — twelve months in a year, twelve signs in the zodiac, etc. — a numerologist explained to National Geographic.
- The last time full moon coincided with the 13th was on October 13, 2000, and the next time it will happen on August 13, 2049.