Published: Sun, March 15, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

How to catch the first supermoon of 2020 this weekend

The precise distance varies in the astronomy world, which is why some experts say there will be only two supermoons in 2020 (the full moon in March and the full moon in April), while others say we will see as many as four supermoons this year - February, March, April and May.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth.

However, others claim that a supermoon only occurs when the center of the moon is less than 223,694 miles (360,000 kilometers) from the center of the Earth.

Thus, this Full Moon will be about how you express your creativity and playfulness, even in the limits of the winter period.

Because this supermoon is occurring in February, it is variously called the "Snow Moon", "Hunger Moon", "Storm Moon", "Black Bear Moon", "Goose Moon", or "Chinese Lantern Festival Moon", depending on the tradition.

If you look up at the sky and the moon appears a little brighter, it's not your eyes playing tricks on you.

Last year's February supermoon over London.

This is the first Supermoon of 2020, according to information available online. The Super Worm Moon is slated to brighten the sky. However, according to the Almanac, most people won't be able to spot the difference between super moons and typical full moons.

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You can find more information about the exact time the Snow Moon is expected to be at its highest peak in your area here.

"On the morning of the full moon on February 9, when the twilight of the morning begins, the planet Jupiter will be the brightest planet in the sky, and will appear in the southeast at about 8 degrees above the horizon", said Gordon Johnston of The NASA.

For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46pm and will set at 7.35am on February 20, as per the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The planet Mercury will appear to the lower left of Venus at about 6 degrees above the horizon.

And it will be officially full at 10.53 a.m. EST according to NASA's Skycal.

Have weekend plans that don't involve gazing into the dark night's sky?

This means it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, when viewed from Earth.

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