Snow Moon, 2020's First Supermoon, Will Be Visible This Weekend
This weekend the sky will be brightly lit with one of the year's brightest supermoons called the Snow Moon. It will hit its peaks on February 9 for a spectacular sighting.
For those that missed the rare Wolf Moon eclipse, which occurred last month, the Snow Moon appearing this weekend will certainly make up for it.
In the 1930's it was called the Snow or Storm Moon because of the heavy snow conditions that surrounded it's occurrence.
It was also called the Hunger Moon because the harsh weather conditions leading up to its reveal made it difficult for people to hunt for food, creating scarce food resources and widespread hunger during winter, it was revealed:
"As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon."
Did you see it? A big and bright Super Moon lit up the sky Tuesday night, and shutterbugs around the world were there to capture some amazing shots 🌕— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) February 21, 2019
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This year, the full moon on February 9, will be one of the largest occurrence for 2020, making it a supermoon. Revealing where the term came from NASA explained:
"When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that's where we get a 'supermoon.'"
'SNOW MOON' THIS WEEKEND 🌝🌝🌝 Moon lovers are in for a treat this weekend as February’s “snow moon” reaches “peak fullness” on Sunday. It’s also 2020’s first full moon. DETAILS: https://t.co/F0NJoZ32R7— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) February 5, 2020
It is expected that the moon will appear in full over the weekend from Friday to Monday morning. During the course of those three days, it will reach it's peak on February 9 at 2:33 a.m. EST.
The rare sighting might not compare to last years Super Snow Moon, because it is reported to only be the fourth biggest and biggest of the year. However it will light up the sky just as magnificently as any full moon.
It is also reported that the sighting is a special event considering that every 19 years, February does not have a full moon at throughout the month.
The occurrence is called a Black Moon and happens across many time zones. In 2018 this happened creating two full moons in January and February called Blue Moons.