This week we are going to see one of the traditional “spooky” combinations – a full moon on Friday the 13th. This Friday the 13th full moon is the first since January 2006. But this full moon, most commonly known as the harvest moon, will appear much smaller than most. That’s because the moon will be at apogee, or the farthest point in its roughly four-week orbit. Timeanddate.com estimates a “micromoon” appears 14 per cent smaller and 30 per cent dimmer than a “supermoons”.
Some call the harvest moon the “corn moon,” since September marks a time during which farmers in the Plains typically begin harvesting their corn, which would make this a “Micro Corn Moon” if you were looking for a fun term for it. If the skies end up clear on Friday night it could give the bikers down in Port Dover a little extra illumination. The next time we’ll have a moon approaching fullness on Friday the 13th (before achieving total illumination the next morning) will be in a little over 13 years, in May 2033.