Snow moon rises over Edmonton

Katie Ramirez
March 16, 2020

Though you will not have the ability to observe the very first supermoon of all 2020 entirely in India because it is going to arise during the summertime, a few online sites will supply its live flow. The scientific term of supermoon is "perigee syzygy".

In Pakistan, Snow Super moon will appear tonight at 8 pm.

And for keen stargazers, there is more to be seen besides the Moon this weekend.

It is also believed that the moon will only reach its peak and will be fully visible for 20 minutes in the United Kingdom, with the climate restrictions of the Ciara storm also prepared to hamper the images.

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

Other names for the moon include, "Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, and the Full Moon of Tu B'Shevat", according to NASA. As a result, it appears to be a bit larger and sometimes up to 30% brighter than usual, especially when atmospheric conditions are ideal. It's the second full moon of the year, but the first supermoon of 2020, and the decade.

According to astronomer Fred Espenak, the February 9 full moon is a supermoon, because it is within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit. The furthest point of the ellipse is called apogee.

This Snow Moon will be the largest and fourth brightest Full Moon of 2020. Three more super moons are scheduled for March 9, April 8 and May 7, according to astronomers.

How will February's Full Moon affect you?

2020's first "supermoon" visible over Krakow
This means it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, when viewed from Earth. The term " perigee " itself refers to the point during the moon's at which it is nearest to the Earth.

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

NASA said that this moon is important for several other reasons as well.

Anyway, it should be a spectacular site for those who are lucky enough to take a look through the clouds.

This evening the bright star appearing to the right of the full moon will be Regulus.

Last year's February supermoon over London.

The February full moon is no exception.

'The planet Saturn will appear next in brightness to the lower left of Jupiter at about 2 degrees above the horizon.

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

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