One can only speculate about the universe's cosmic secrets – and humans have spent millennia doing just that.
The full moon of September is approaching, the so-called "harvest moon" closest to the full moon is the autumnal equinox (September 23).
According to Farmers & # 39; Almanac, the arrival of this year's Harvest Moon depends on what time zone you are living in. The full moon turning occurs just after midnight – on Saturday, the 14th, at 00:33. But if you live elsewhere in the country – in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zone – the moment when the moon gets full comes on Friday the 13th before midnight!
Interestingly enough, the last time happened on June 1
It was calculated that a full moon on the 13th day of a given month, and that this day is a Friday, he is (on average) once in 20 years.
According to Farmers & # 39; Almanac, this upcoming full moon differs from the others by the following farmers can work at moonlight at the peak of the current harvest season until late at night. The moon rises at about the time the sun goes down, but more importantly, at this time of the year, rather than raising its normal average 50 minutes later each day, the moon appears to rise almost at the same time, every night before he is full.
For example, between the 12th and the 14th of September, the moon usually arrives less than 27 minutes later at night, so that the farmer receives light for the further cultivation of crops even after sunset.
The reason for this seasonal circumstance is that at this time of year the moon's path through the sky is as close to the horizon as possible. Therefore, the moon moves more horizontally from night to night than vertically and tends to rise from one night to the next.
To add "madness" to this full moon, this imminent full moon almost coincides with the climax – this orbital point that places it at its greatest distance from Earth: 252,100 miles away. Last February, the full moon coincided with perigee, the next-to-Earth point. The moon was more than 30,000 miles closer and was accordingly called "Supermoon".
The full moon is reported to be about 14 percent smaller this month, causing some to call it the "micro" moon. Many will claim that this year's harvest moon seems to be actually smaller than usual. But without knowing first of all whether a full moon of a given month can be described as "super" or "micro", for most of us the appearance of our natural satellite does not look much different.
No matter how tall he is Since childhood, I am impressed by its beauty. Whenever there is a solar eclipse or an event around the moon, I usually have my eyes turned to the sky.
Fortunately, my husband is just as crazy as I am after earthly events. It is known that we sit in our lawn chairs at the local airport to see what is likely to happen.
Hoping for a clear sky so everyone else who makes fun of the moon can go outside and enjoy it. And whether it happens on Friday the 13th or not, it's still a mystery!
Nancy Hastings is a journalist for the Daily News and can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @nhastingsHDN.