It's your Good Luck Day! A very special Friday the 13th Day! Be sure to take time to look at the gorgeous full moon tonight, last one on a Friday the 13th for many years to come!
Tonight we will have a full moon. But it's not just any full moon. The full moon has two special characteristics. It's technically happening just after midnight - on Friday the 13th. The full moon is also what astronomers call a "Super Moon."
The full moon on Friday the 13th is a rarity. According to David DeBruyn, emeritus director for the Chaffee Planetarium in Grand Rapids, a full moon on Friday the 13th hasn't happened since October 2000. He also says the next full moon on Friday the 13th won't occur until August 2049.
Not only is the full moon on a superstitious date, it is also called a "Super Moon." A Super Moon occurs at the time in the moon's orbit around the earth when the moon is closest to Earth.
So not only will the moon be full, it will also look slightly larger. But DeBruyn says the neat thing about this full moon at this time of year is the moon stays low on horizon. The moon low on the horizon, with trees and land as a reference, actually makes the moon look bigger. DeBruyn advises that the moon is the same size low on the horizon and high in the sky. It just looks bigger near the horizon.
The other nice part of this sky event is you don't have to wake up at an odd hour of the night to see it. The full moon will look the same Friday and Saturday night....more
Watch it live here on Space.com!
And here are 20 fun Full Moon Art pieces on the Huffington Post to get you in the mood! The one below is by Edvard Munch, "Moon Light," 1895
Here is an Amazing Image that was taken of the 'Honey Moon' and posted on Space.com:
Astrophotographer BG Boyd took this image of the full moon on June 12, 2014 from Tucson, Arizona.