A rare Harvest Moon illuminated the sky last night after it fell on Friday 13 for the first time in 19 years.
The Harvest Moon is the name given to the full moon that appears around the autumn equinox when farmers do their main crop harvest.
On average the moon rises 50 minutes later than sunset each day, however when a full moon occurs close to autumn equinox, the moon rises only 30 minutes after the sunset lending to its golden hue.
And sky watchers were treated to a rare occurrence of a ‘micro moon’ last night as our satellite appeared 14 per cent smaller than an average moon.
The last time the amber moon appeared on the spooky date of Friday 13 was October 2000 and will not make another appearance until August 2049.
Compared to a ‘super moon’, which is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth, a ‘micro moon’ appears 30 per cent dimmer, reaching its optimum brightness at 5.32 this morning.
Maine Farmers’ Almanac astronomer Joe Rao told The Express: ‘This Full Moon very nearly coincides with apogee – that point in its orbit which places it at its greatest distance from the Earth: 252,100 miles away.
Last February the Full Moon coincided with perigee, the closest point to Earth, and was 30,000 miles closer to our planet making it a ‘Super moon’.
The full Harvest Moon over Tower Bridge, London, and shows off its amber glow over the Thames on the spooky evening of Friday 13
A rare ‘micro moon’ rises over the city of Glasgow, Scotland, with the towers of Maryhill in the background of the clear skies
A perfectly aligned micro moon on Friday 13 illuminates the Statue of Liberty, New York, despite appearing 30 per cent dimmer than an average moon
A very eerie spectacle of the micro moon rising over St Michael’s Tower, on the hill of Glastonbury Tor, in the country of Somerset
The glowing micro moon, which appears 14 per cent smaller in the sky, is seen over Blackpool pier over the Irish Sea
The moon sets perfectly over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire on the evening of Friday 13. The Harvest Moon is the full moon which appears closest to the Autumn Equinox