6 Fun Facts About Tonights Full Moon AND Friday The 13th!

September 13, 2019

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Today is Friday the 13th AND there's also going to be a FULL MOON tonight! So with some help from Treehugger, Almanac.com and Washington Post, here are some #FunFacts about this day and night:

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. Men were much more likely to say they're very superstitious: 16% compared to just 2% of women.  Young people are more superstitious than older people are.  23% of people between 25 and 34 said they're very superstitious, versus 1% of people over 55.

3.  It will also be a "micro moon."  Tonight's full moon also 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.

4.  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. 

5, Almost a third of Americans in a new survey admitted they're superstitious including 9% who said they're VERY superstitious.  That's about 1 in 11 people.  66% claimed they're either "not very superstitious" or "not superstitious at all."

6.  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.  (Technically, tonight's moon doesn't officially count as "nationwide" since it hits peak fullness for people in the Eastern Time Zone after midnight on the 14th.  But that's really splitting hairs.)