Published: Tue, February 11, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Don't miss the Super Snow Moon This Weekend

Don't miss the Super Snow Moon This Weekend

Lucky photographers who had clear skies last night found unique and interesting ways to capture a full moon, including incredible shots with nothing more than mobile phones.

The second full moon of winter, known as a snow moon, has been visible since Friday evening and will last until Monday morning.

This shot of the bright full moon was captured by CTV's Shangri-La tower camera at around 5:30 p.m. on February 8, 2020. Native Americans have several names for February's full moon, including the Cherokee moniker "Bone Moon", referencing the lack of food during the month, and the Wishram people's "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit.

According to, this weekend's supermoon marks the first of four straight months of supermoons - the phenomena will also occur in March, April and May. The moon tonight will appear unusually large but it's still only 362 478 kilometres from Earth. Lenius also says you don't necessarily need a telescope to get a good view, though he recommends caution if you use it.

Despite it being the harbinger of freezing temperatures and big snowdrifts for people in the north, the Snow Moon has special significance in many cultures around the world.

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Regardless, it should make a spectacular site for those lucky enough to catch a glimpse through the clouds.

It'll be at its most impressive around 7.30am, so no lie-in for you. The Snow moon in February 2019 was 356 846 km away.

'Lying roughly in a line with Saturn and Jupiter, the planet Mars will appear to the upper right of Jupiter at about 19 degrees above the horizon'. The farthest factor of the ellipse is called the apogee.

The next supermoon is due to appear over New Zealand on March 10.

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