Nerd Alert! Wicker And Wilde Share Fun Facts To Know About Tonight's Full/Harvest Moon

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September 13, 2019

Jeff and Rebecca both love a full moon and this Harvest Moon is extra special.  We won't see it again for decades. 

Here are 4 things you should know about it . . .

1.  It's this year's "Harvest Moon."  The full moon closest in date to the Fall Equinox is always referred to as a "Harvest Moon."  And since this year's equinox falls on September 23rd, tonight's full moon gets the title.

2.  It will also be a "micro moon."  Tonight's full moon coincides with the point in the moon's orbit when it's farthest from Earth.  So even though it's a full moon, it'll appear slightly smaller and less bright than usual.

3.  It's only full for an instant.  The moon will appear full most of the night, but it's only officially full when it's exactly 180 degrees opposite the sun in something called ecliptic longitude.  And for tonight's harvest moon, that happens at about 12:33 A.M. Eastern. 

4.  A full moon on Friday the 13th is pretty rare.  We haven't had a nationwide full moon on Friday the 13th since October 13th, 2000 . . . and the next one won't be until August 13th, 2049!  So stay up with the kids, take pics and just enjoy.