Full ‘honey moon’ expected to rise again -- on Friday the 13th

‘Honey moon’
A “honey moon” in 2010, as seen from Yosemite National Park.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

If you missed the extremely rare “honey moon” Thursday night, you’ll have another chance Friday night. So named for its yellow hue, the full moon display is also likely to draw a larger crowd at viewing spots across the region.

The Griffith Observatory expects large crowds for multiple reasons: it’s a Friday, it’s summertime and, of course, there’s a full moon that happens to be yellow.

And then there’s the date.

“It’s a full moon. It’s conveniently on a Friday the 13th, which is excellent,” said Conor Fallen Bailey, a museum guide at the observatory. 

The moon glows yellow because of its position in the sky. A full moon looks full because it’s directly opposite the sun. In June, the sun is highest in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere, so the moon is lowest, giving it its glow, as explained in ScienceNow.

For those wanting to get a second look, parking and admission is free at the Griffith Observatory, a prime viewing spot. Sunset will be at 8:44 p.m., although the observatory closes at 10 p.m. There are telescopes on the lawn for visitors to look through, and little to no cloud coverage is expected. 

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