Friday the 13th comes with a mini full moon

Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 20:32:18-04

Those who are superstitious likely already have Friday circled on their calendar. In case you haven't noticed, it's Friday the 13th! Along with the belief of it being an unlucky date, this time we're adding a full moon to the night sky.

Technically for us in Indiana, the moon is full at 12:33 a.m. on the 14th. For the rest of the country, it happens before the clock strikes midnight. According to the Farmers' Almanac, the last time we had a nationwide full moon on Friday the 13th was in 2000. The next time will be in August of 2049!

A few other things are special about our full moon on Friday night. It's also known as the Harvest Moon, since farmers could work late into the night by the full moonlight. The moon will appear 14% smaller than usual. That's because the moon is also near apogee, or its greatest distance from earth. The chance of noticing the change from earth though is pretty small.

Your chances of seeing the full moon here in Central Indiana are pretty good. While clouds and a few t'storms are possible Friday evening, clouds should clear early enough to check out the view of the full moon Friday night.