Friday, February 7, 2020

First SUPERMOON of 2020 to fill sky this weekend – when to see the 'Snow Moon'

A FULL Snow Moon will be illuminating the sky this weekend in the first supermoon event of the decade.

Avid stargazers are in luck as it shouldn't be hard to spot the biggest and brightest view of the moon in almost a year.

People all over the world should be able to witness the huge moon phenomenon on Sunday February 9.

However, the Moon should still look full from Saturday through to Monday.

The best time to spot the Snow Moon in all its glory is said to be at 7:34am GMT (2:34am EST).

This supermoon is referred to as a Snow Moon because traditionally it coincided with heavy snowfall.

For people in the UK, the view of the supermoon may be slightly obstructed as Storm Ciara is expected to bring cloud.

The next supermoon after this event will be a Worm Moon on March 9.

This equinox supermoon is called the Worm Moon because it coincides with earthworms emerging from thawing soil in the north.

What is a supermoon?

A supermoon appears when a full moon aligns with the point closest to the Earth during its elliptical orbit.

During this time it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.

The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.

Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered "super".

Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a supermoon occurs.

The different types of moons

Here are some of the most interesting moon phases and when to see them…

A Blue Moon refers to the occasion when a full moon appears for the second time in the same month, this is very rare and the next Blue Moon should occur on Halloween in 2020.

The Harvest Moon appears around the time of the autumnal equinox when farmers tend to do their main crop harvesting.

A Supermoon appears when it is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest, the next one will appear in September.

A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, the next one should happen in May 2020.

Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows:

 

  • January: Wolf Moon
  • February: Snow Moon
  • March: Worm Moon
  • April: Pink Moon
  • May: Flower Moon
  • June: Strawberry Moon
  • July: Buck Moon
  • August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Full Corn Moon
  • October: Hunter's Moon
  • November: Beaver Moon
  • December: Cold Moon.

In other news, an asteroid that could cause mass destruction if it was to hit Earth will be skimming past our planet next week.

A nearby star we’ve watched for 180 years is mysteriously ‘dimming’, leaving scientists baffled.

And, India's space agency has revealed a humanoid 'female' robot that could be sent to space this year.

Will you be keeping an eye out for the Snow Moon? Let us know in the comments…

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