Despite several myths surrounding it, Friday the 13th full moon is here and will be gone in few leaving behind the Apocalypse fatigue drenched in nothing more than another scientifically proven celestial event.
Otherwise, this Friday’s full moon will be the lowest in the sky this year as it will occur so close to the summer solstice.
Where to Watch Live:
You can watch the full moon on Friday the 13th on Live Science, beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
The June full moon is also known as "Strawberry Moon," as June is strawberry season.
The June full moon is essentially the nearest to the summer solstice, which falls on June 21 this year.
As the Earth rotates on a tilted axis; in June — summer in the Northern Hemisphere — the North Pole is tilted about 23.5 degrees toward the sun, while the South Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. On the solstice, the sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.
Full moons happen when moon, the Earth’s satellite, is opposite the sun. The moon is at its lowest point from the equator, thus full moons rise higher above the horizon.
June’s moon reaches its fullest point at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT) on Friday, June 13 and those in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones in the United States can watch it technically on June 12.
Next Friday the 13th full moon will occur on August 13, 2049. In the past, it occurred on Aug. 13, 2011.
Even those who live in the Eastern time zone should not stress over the confluence of the full moon with Friday the 13th.
Unlike the past myths surrounding the full moon, the day does not affect human behavior or health. A 1985 review published in the journal Psychological Bulletin studied hospital admissions, psychiatric disturbances, homicides and other crimes over several months and found no increase in any of those days with full moon.
Another 2001 study in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society looked at about 70 million births in the United States and found no link between the phase of the moon and labor pains starting.
Other studies have shown that other related phenomena, including seizures, crime and heart surgery outcomes, have no link to the full moon at all.