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Full moon on Friday the 13th is rare

Today might be considered a superstitious person’s superstorm: Friday the 13th and a full moon. To others it’s just an alignment of month, day and moon phase.

“I know people who say that (it’s superstitious), but it’s just a thing that happens because of the moon and the calendar align, for me there’s nothing supernatural about it,” said Jerry Eber, a Spokane Astronomical Society member. “The moon is up there all the time, it just happens to have more sun on it.”

The convergence of the astronomical and the astrological calendar is rare. The last time Friday the 13th coincided with a full moon was Oct. 13, 2000. The next time will be Aug. 13, 2049.

Tonight is only the 10th time since 1900.

Although there’s no concrete evidence, police have noticed odd things happen when there’s a full moon. A former Spokane County sheriff’s sergeant once recounted to The Spokesman-Review some of those odd happenings: A naked man on the side of the road offered free sex and a dead coyote was stuffed into a mailbox.

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