Friday the 13th, Full Moon Unite
First honey moon in almost 100 years spotted this morning
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2014 8:57 AM CDT
A full moon rises through clouds behind downtown buildings Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – If the fact that it's Friday the 13th has you shaking in your boots, we hope you didn't look out your window early this morning. For the first time in nearly 100 years, what's known as a "honey moon" or "strawberry moon" coincided with the 13th, reaching the full moon phase at 12:13am ET. The honey moniker comes from the moon's golden color caused by its low position in the sky thanks to the proximity to the summer solstice, while the latter refers to June's strawberry harvest, NBC News and National Geographic report.

The next Friday the 13th "honey moon" won't happen again until June 13, 2098; the last happened on June 13, 1919. Too many rarities for your liking? Well, there's no need to be unnerved. Contrary to myth, the full moon doesn't actually affect human behavior or health, NBC News notes, citing a 1985 study which found no increase in hospital admissions, psychiatric disturbances, homicides, or other crimes around the full moon.

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iq145
Jun 14, 2014 12:20 AM CDT
What kind of wussies voted this story "Scary"?
AstroDude
Jun 13, 2014 11:31 PM CDT
The word "Moon" is capitalized when referring to our natural satellite. "Tonight, the Moon is full". The word "moon" isn't, because it's referring to other objects in the solar system: "Saturn's moon Titan is a very cold place, and is the only moon in our solar system that has an atmosphere." Same goes for Sun and sun: "The Sun is a thermonuclear furnace," or, "I was in the sun all day." It also is true of Earth and earth, as in, "I live on a fragile, habitable planet called Earth," or, "There are many cultures that built structures out of earth and stone." Moon is a proper noun, therefore, it is capitalized. Grammar is important, especially when you're a professional writer or work for a media outlet. I hope this has been helpful. Please spread the word. Thanks!
K.C.
Jun 13, 2014 4:50 PM CDT
My oh my. I didn't know about that 1985 study, so all the stories I've read and heard are not true. On the other hand, why do we have that old, traditional word, "lunatic" and why those old stories to begin with? SOMETHING must have been noticed, somewhere.