Superstitions collide with Friday’s micro moon

Get ready for the Super Worm Moon! (Image Source: NASA / MGN)
Get ready for the Super Worm Moon! (Image Source: NASA / MGN)(WRDW)
Published: Sep. 11, 2019 at 2:36 PM AKDT
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September’s full moon will arrive this Friday at 8:32 p.m. Alaska time, and yes, that’s Friday the 13th.

A full moon falling on Friday the 13th is rare. Such an occurrence only happens in about one percent of all full moons.

To make this one even more rare, the full moon will occur near apogee, which is the most distant point in the moon’s orbit. The last time this happened was in 1832, and it won’t happen again for 505 years.

A full moon on a Friday the 13th can be spooky to some, but perhaps less so this year, because the moon won't appear quite so big.

The September moon this year is also the Harvest full moon.

Still, there’s no distinct explanation for Friday the 13th being considered unlucky. Even the date that it began to be considered unlucky seems to be up for dispute. Some say it’s a combination of two superstitions: Fear of the number 13 and Friday being an unlucky day.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below!

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