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A rare 'Micro Harvest Moon' will appear this weekend. Here's how to see it

Posted: 5:55 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 09:01:38-04
A rare 'Micro Harvest Moon' will appear this weekend. Here's how to see it

Mark your calendars this weekend. You'll want to look up at the sky to see the next Harvest Moon, which is also being dubbed a "Micro Harvest Moon."

While the moon will be full early Saturday morning, Sept. 14, at around 12:33 a.m., it may be visible on Friday, Sept. 13, depending on where you live, according to NASA.

Experts say the best time to see the moon is by looking to the east at the moonrise on Friday or by looking to the west at moonset early Saturday morning.

The moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Thursday night through Sunday morning.

Typically, the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time, just 25 to 30 minutes later across the northern part of the U.S., according to NASA.

This harvest moon is also being called a "Micro Moon" because it looks smaller than usual, which will make this Harvest Moon slightly less bright than average, according to Forbes.

"Harvest Moon" got its name because a full moon during September is around the same time farmers harvest crops.

You won't want to miss this Micro Harvest Moon. Find local times for moonrise and moonset for your location here.

This story was originally published by Kaylyn Hlavaty on WEWS.