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Spookiest full moon in 13 years, but parts of Bangladesh likely to miss it

  • Published at 07:10 pm September 12th, 2019
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The moon will also appear the smallest it does all year because it will be at the farthest point from Earth in its orbit this month

If you are a diehard selenophile and never miss the glimpse of a full moon, Friday night is undoubtedly nothing but an exception for you.

Yes, this is so, because Friday’s dusk will cause the smallest full moon to show up for the first time since January 2006. The next time, the world may have a moon approaching fullness on Friday the 13th (before achieving total illumination the next morning) will be in a little over 13 years, in May 2033.

However, cloudy skies may deprive moon-lovers in parts of Bangladesh of the rare event. 

Met office forecasts light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind at many places in Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Mymensingh on Friday.

This full moon, well known as harvest moon, will appear much smaller owing to it being at apogee, or the farthest point in its roughly four-week orbit, reports Washington Post, referring to timeanddate.com.

What is a smallest full moon or micromoon?

Though there is no universal definition governing what qualifies as a supermoon or micromoon, the website says micromoons must be more than 251,655 miles away from Earth. Friday night’s moon will be 816 miles farther than that.

Supermoons, on the other hand, must be at least 2,039 miles closer to Earth than a micromoon. Most of the time, the moon sits somewhere in between those bounds.

A micromoon appears 14% smaller and 30% dimmer than the widely reported “supermoon” or typical full moons.