Rare Friday the 13th Honey Moon Tonight

Jun 13 at 7am

As if you needed another reason to gaze at the stars tonight – this Friday the 13th will allow for a rare appearance of a "honey moon," which means that magical ball of cheese hangs lower and has a deeper amber hue than normal. (According to National Geographic, its appearance also may be where we got the term "honeymoon," as there used to be mass nuptials around the summer solstice in the olden days of 1552). The honey moon was visible starting early this morning, but if you didn't catch it then, tonight should still offer some stunning (and even brighter) viewings if you're somewhere escaping the fog. 

"With the sun's path across the sky at its highest during this month of the summer solstice, the moon is at its lowest," explains National Geographic, "which keeps the lunar orb close to the horizon and makes it appear more amber than other full moons this year. The amber colors are due to the scattering of longer wavelengths of light by dust and pollution in our atmosphere. "

So be sure to gaze skyward in the hours before midnight tonight, when the honey moon will look extra golden. And it's worth noting that this is the first occurrence of this special moon treat since 1919 – if you miss it, you'll have to wait until 2098 for the next one. 

[Via National Geographic/Sploid]

Full moon image from Thinkstock

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