Friday the 13th brings rare “mini” full moon

Courtesy: NASA

Get ready for a rare Friday the 13th full moon tonight, that should be visible from Middle Georgia.

What makes this full moon rare? Well, according to Tony Rice, NASA Solar System Ambassador, only 1% of full moons occur on Friday the 13th.

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Not only that, but this moon will be in apogee. Apogee is when the moon is at the furthest point in its orbit. That means that this full moon will also be a mini or micro moon. The percent of mini moons that occurred on Friday the 13th is 0.03% (there have only been 4 before this one).

The last time this happened was in 1832! It won’t happen again for more than 500 years!