When to Watch This Year's Rare Harvest Moon

For the first time in 20 years, it will fall on Friday the 13th.

September 10, 2019

Fall is around the corner and there’s a spooky Harvest Moon ready to light the way. For the first time in 19 years, the Harvest Moon will rise on Friday the 13th, an event that won’t happen again until August of 2049.

NASA recommends 12:33 a.m. as the peak viewing time for this year’s Harvest Moon. Named for the farmers who were known to toil late into the evening preparing fields for the winter season, the name Harvest Moon is European in origin. In the United States, this moon is sometimes called the Corn Moon.