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A full Harvest Moon will arrive on Friday the 13th this week

Astronomers are recommending that stargazers across North America have their cameras ready to go this weekend.

The 2019 Harvest Moon is set to rise on the ominous date of Friday, Sept. 13.

However, the annual lunar event will technically occur at 12:30 pm on Saturday in the Pacific time zone.

A “Harvest Moon” is a term used for the full moon that rises the closest to the beginning of fall.

The reasoning behind the term “harvest” is due to the moon’s bright light that traditionally helped farmers to work later and allow them more time to bring in their harvests before the chill of fall sets in for the rest of the season.

While most moons appear about 50 minutes after sunset, the Harvest Moon can appear as soon as 10 minutes after the sunsets.

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