Published: Mon, March 16, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The First Supermoon Of The Year Will Be Visible This Weekend


The Snow Moon received its name from Native American tribes.

It was also traditionally known as the Hunger Moon, due to the challenging hunting conditions at this time of year. But what is the February Snow Moon and how is it likely to affect you?

The exact moment of & # 39; fullness & # 39;, when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun is at 07:33 on Sunday, February 9.

February's supermoon a year ago over London.

However, the arrival of Storm Ciara may affect viewing conditions for people in the United Kingdom, with the Met Office forecasting cloud and rain across most of the country on Sunday.

A supermoon would be the expression used to refer to a complete moon which appears when the Moon's orbit is nearest to Earth. Peak viewing is expected to be around 1:30 AM Sunday.

Get ready for the first large moon 2020.

But commentators disagree on whether it should be described as a "supermoon".

In case you're not up on your astronomy buzz words, a supermoon is a moon that becomes full when its orbit tracks closer to the Earth than an average full moon.

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. The next real "supermoon" will show up March 9. Combine the two together and stargazers are in for a spectacular sight.

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If possible, one of the best times to see the moon is when it is near the horizon, due to an optical illusion that makes it appear even larger due to its relative size compared to buildings, trees and statues in the distance.

What is the Snow Moon and when can you see it?

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.

& # 39; The planet Saturn will then appear in brightness in the lower left corner of Jupiter about 2 degrees above the horizon. "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".

Those looking skyward on Sunday evening could even spot an asteroid flying past, according to Johnston. The scientific term of supermoon is "perigee syzygy". The furthest point of the ellipse is called apogee.

If you thought the moon looked a little brighter than normal last night, you weren't imagining it.

People around the world should be able to see the supermoon on display on 9 February.

This is the first Supermoon of 2020, according to information available online.

How will February's Full Moon affect you?

If you are an early riser, check out the big moon as its sets in the west-northwestern sky at 7:27 a.m. Sunday, the same part of the sky at 8:06 a.m. Monday or in the western sky at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

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