If you are superstitious, you'd better grab a good luck charm and hold on tight. Some people believe that when a full moon falls on #Friday the 13th, all sorts of strange things will happen. Add to the mix that Venus is the brightest its been in eight years and it's supposedly a trifecta of bad luck, one that prompts an endless array of "it's the end of the world" tweets.

To calm your fears a bit, the moon was at its fullest point on January 12, hours before Friday the 13th arrived. So technically the moon is a day past full on Friday, but still – that isn't stopping some people from thinking this triple-play is the sign of an apocalypse.

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After all, it's been said that bad luck comes in threes.

Wolf moon, bright stars, and unlucky number 13

According to the Daily Express, some Christians believe the full Wolf moon combined with the bright light from Venus signal that the end of the world is coming, and reference Bible’s Luke 21:25. — "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring."

And because this all takes place on the eve of Friday the 13th, it just adds to the panic, with the Tampa Bay Times reporting that if any of the three things happened separately, the apocalypse chatter probably wouldn't be happening.

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It's the combination of the three things that has caused some of the hype.

Of course, there are plenty of people who think all of this superstitious stuff is complete nonsense. They'll do their best to convince you that Friday the 13th is the luckiest day of the year and will purposely cross paths with a black cat to prove their point.

We won't freak out again for 32 years

It will be awhile before a full moon falls on Friday the 13th again — 32 years to be exact. And mark your calendar because in 2049 the full moon will actually fall on the 13th, not the night before. Not sure about Venus shining bright like a diamond, though — let's not start worrying about another apocalypse just yet. And just in case you are wondering, there's one more Friday the 13th to come in 2017 — minus the full moon.