It's a full, micro, harvest moon on Friday the 13th

The name "harvest moon" is an old European term applied to a full moon that rises closest to the beginning of fall, NASA says. For those living in the Eastern Time Zone, this will be 12:33 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

A rare Harvest Moon, also called a micromoon, will be visible in the skies this week - on Friday the 13th for some.

That means Friday the 13th will be extra spooky! In this alignment-which occurs roughly every once a month-the face of the moon that we can see is fully illuminated, appearing like a ideal circle.

However, Americans in the Pacific, Central, Mountain and Alaskan time zones will witness the full moon on Friday 13-a day that is considered unlucky in Western superstition.

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The Harvest Moon this week is the ninth Full Moon of the year and one of the most chilling spectacles of astronomy.

According to the Farmers' Almanac, "It has been calculated that to have a full moon occur on the 13th day of a particular month, and for that day to be a Friday, it is (on average) a once in 20-year occurrence". The bright light of the moon allows farmers to work a little bit later into the night to bring in their crops before fall sets in. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee-the point in its almost month-long elliptical orbit at which it s furthest away from Earth.

In this file photo, the Reid family harvest their wheat crop under a harvest moon near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

Unless cloud cover blocks the view, the full moon is the easiest celestial event to observe. That's more than 30,000 farther "out" than the closest point in the Moon's orbit, the perigee.

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