DETROIT -- If you're superstitious or suffer from triskaidekaphobia — the fear of the number 13 — you might want to brace yourself for a rare coupling in the wee hours tonight.
A full moon that coincides with Friday the 13th was expected overnight at 12:12 a.m. EDT, according to data from the U.S. Naval Observatory.
The last time it happened was on Oct. 13, 2000, and it won't occur again until Aug. 13, 2049.
June's full moon has a variety of names — Mead Moon, Rose Moon, Strawberry Moon or Honey Moon — that reflect its southerly declination, since the humidity and haze of the midsummer air appears to give a warmer tint or color to its surface, according to the observatory.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tilley said there was a pretty good chance skygazers will be able to catch a glimpse of the full moon, if skies stayed clear and they were willing to stay up past midnight.
When the moon reappears Friday it will be a waning gibbous with 97% of it illuminated.
Is Friday the 13th really an unlucky day?
For one woman, Kalamazoo resident Kendall Warren, Friday, May 13, 2011, proved to be one of the luckiest days of her life. She won a $27 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery.
Manu Malhotra, the medical director of Henry Ford Health System's emergency room department, said many people believe Friday the 13th tends to keep hospital staff busier than normal, but that's just not the case.
"The truth of the matter is, it independently doesn't make a difference," he said. "It tends to be busier on a Monday than Friday the 13th."