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Friday, the 13th harvest moon inspires sky watchers



A rare Friday, the 13th harvest moon, inspired the sky observers.

The full moon is the first to occur on Friday, the 13th, for nearly 20 years, and that time will not recur for 30 years.

According to the almanac of the old farmer, the harvest moon is the full moon, which is closest to the beginning of autumn or autumn equinox.

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The last time a full moon occurred on Friday, October 13, 2000, said the almanac. The annual journal notes that the rare event will not reappear until August 13, 2049.

  Jack and Kathy Duepree of Camden, Maine, left and center, and their friend Betsy Starman of Naples, Florida, watch the near-full moon rise over Penobscot Bay, Friday.

Jack and Kathy Duepree from Camden, Maine, left and center, and their friend Betsy Starman from Naples, Florida, watch the almost full moon rise over Penobscot Bay Penobscot Bay, Friday.
(AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty)

The rare event triggered many "spooky" rumors in social media.

The harvest moon is named after the harvest season with which it coincides.

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"Farmers can work in the moonlight until late at night," NASA said in a blog post. "The harvest moon is an old European name for this full moon. The Oxford English Dictionary cites the year 1706 for the first published use of the name.

  Friday, the 13th Harvest Moon, rises behind the Statue of Liberty.

Friday, the 13th Harvest Moon, rises behind the Statue of Liberty.
(Gary Hershorn, Fox News)

NASA also noted that this particular moon is important to many cultures. "Many cultures have holidays associated with this moon, including the Mid-Autumn Festival in some East Asian countries and Chuseok in Korea." Almanac.

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  Full moon rises above Hz. Hatice Mosque in the Black Sea Province of Samsun, Turkey, September 13, 2019. (Photo by Veysel Altun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Full moon rises above Hz. Hatice Mosque in the Black Sea Province of Samsun, Turkey, on September 13, 2019. (Photo by Veysel Altun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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  Players of both teams contest a corner under full moon during the match between Bohemians and Waterford at Dalymount Park in Dublin. (Photo by Eóin Noonan / Sports File on Getty Images)

Players from both teams contest a corner under full moon during the Premier Division game of the SSE Airtricity League between Bohemians and Waterford at Dalymount Park in Dublin. (Photo by Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile about Getty Images)

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