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Full moon collides with Friday the 13th this week, and Twitter gets superstitious

At midnight, the full moon will coincide with Friday the 13th.

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At midnight, the full moon will coincide with Friday the 13th.

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January

The superstitious among us may choose to stay indoors tonight. At midnight, the first full moon of 2017 will collide with another phenomenon that some believe can bring strange happenings and bad luck, Friday the 13th.

Technically, the full moon is today, Jan. 12, and reached max fullness at 6:34 a.m. That means the exact moment of the true full moon, when the Earth was directly between the moon and sun already happened and won't coincide with Friday the 13th.

But the moon will appear just as full at 12 a.m. on Friday as it does at 11:59 p.m. tonight, and the best views will come just before dawn anyway, according to space.com.

The last time the exact moment of the full moon actually fell on a Friday the 13th was in 2014, and that won't happen again until 2049.

So does that still mean a double whammy of bad juju on Friday, or not? Scores of superstitious posters on Twitter said they wouldn't be taking any chances. 

By the time the moon becomes visible again Friday evening it will be a "waning gibbous" and be ever so slightly obscured. To the naked eye, however, that moon will also probably appear just as full.

If you're looking to add an extra bit of spookiness to the whole thing, the current full moon is historically known as the "Full Wolf Moon" (or also the Moon After Yule, or the Old Moon).

If you are going to stay indoors, the Epix network will have a marathon of Friday the 13th movies to keep you occupied, beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday. 

[Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:03pm]

    

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