Full moon on Friday the 13th , can it be any spookier than this?

Both full moon and Friday the 13th have a reputation of bringing in bad luck and it is rare occurrence to have both fall on the same day.

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Apparently not! Both full moon and Friday the 13th have a reputation of bringing in bad luck and it is rare occurrence to have both fall on the same day. The last time this had happened was back in January 2006.

There are other superstitions that people are sceptical about like black cat crossing the way, breaking of a mirror, a sneeze before going out. However, none seem to have such a vast impact on the human psyche as this. Little wonder, there is a term coined just to address this fear -friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia.

It is believed that the Friday the 13th earned its reputation from the fact that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and the Last Supper, attended by 13 people – Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. Later, there have been many other incidences that have helped cement this fear.

In 1989, for example, United Airlines flight fell through on October 13, and impact of the same was even felt on the stock market, specifically the junk bond market. As per CNBC, Dow fell seven percent, and the S&P 500 lost six per cent.

During the Second World War, the German forces bombed Buckingham Palace on September 13, 1940. The bombs hit both the palace and its chapel.
Friday the 13 has wreaked havoc even in the internet age. On January 13, 1989, a computer virus with the name Friday the 13th swept through the UK. According to the LA Times, hundreds of computers manufactured by IBM were affected by the virus, and deleted the personal files of the users.

A full moon in September is also called a harvest moon. Reason, it is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox, which is on September 23. However, tonight full moon will not be supermoon that was seen in February. In fact, it will be 14 per cent smaller than that, leading to some calling it a micro moon. That's because it's nearly at apogee, the Almanac reports. Apogee is the point in the moon's orbit where it's at its greatest distance from Earth, 252,100 miles away.


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