The first supermoon of 2020 will arrive this weekend

Pablo Tucker
March 15, 2020

Have you noticed a particularly bright full moon in the sky recently?

In a recent NASA Solar Blog System, Gordon Johnston explains, "The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making this a full Moon weekend". The Snow Moon, which astronomers call a super moon, will be the closest to the earth during its orbit.

So, if you want a chance to glimpse the "Super Snow Moon", you'll need to get up bright and early on Sunday morning and gaze skyward.

The full moon on February 9, 2020, nearly coincides with the perigee on February 10, making it the nearest full fourth moon (and therefore the fourth largest) of 2020.

The moon was at its brightest this morning at 12:33 a.m., according to NASA.

Carlie Holman sent this shot to CTV News Vancouver's Facebook page. That's because it's not an official astronomical term, and most casual skywatchers on Earth can not detect the slight differences in the size and brightness of an ordinary full moon versus a so-called supermoon.

And for star enthusiasts, there are more things to see besides the moon this weekend.

In the United Kingdom, the Snow Moon will rise at around 15:50 GMT on Saturday, February 8, and be visible throughout the night until 07:55 on Sunday, before rising again at 17:15 in the evening.

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

Native American tribes were the ones that started the "snow moon" moniker.

Therefore, it is a good time of the year to exhibit any creative works you might be waiting for display and share. Astrologer Richard Nolle has listed this year's first supermoon to occur on March 9.

On February 19 you will see the second lunar show in a supermoon trilogy.

"The planet Saturn will appear next in brightness to the lower left of Jupiter at about two degrees above the horizon".

How will February's Full Moon affect you?

Peak viewing is expected to be around 1:30 AM Sunday.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal.

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