Full Snow Moon: the first & # 39; supermoon & # 39; of the decade will rise this weekend
A moon full of "snow" will illuminate the sky on Sunday night, the first "supermoon" of the decade.
Snow Moon is the name given to the full moon of February because it often coincides with heavy snowfall, according to the Old Farmer & # 39; s Almanac.
It was also traditionally known as the Moon of Hunger due to the challenging hunting conditions at this time of year.
In the United Kingdom, the Snow Moon will rise around 15:50 GMT on Saturday, February 8 and will be visible overnight until 07:55 on Sunday, before rising again at 17:15.
The exact moment of & # 39; fullness & # 39 ;, when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun is at 07:33 on Sunday, February 9.
Silhouettes of a plane against the snow moon last year on February 19, 2019 in Nuremberg, southern Germany
February's supermoon last year over London. The exact moment of & # 39; fullness & # 39; for the February super moon it will be at 07:33 GMT on Sunday, February 9 in the morning.
The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Friday night to Monday morning, making this a full moon weekend.
However, the arrival of Storm Ciara can affect the viewing conditions of people in the United Kingdom, and the Meteorological Office forecasts clouds and rain in most parts of the country on Sunday morning.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon almost coincides with the perigee, the closest the Moon reaches Earth in its elliptical orbit.
This means that it seems up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal, seen from Earth.
The full moon on February 9, 2020, almost coincides with the perigee on February 10, making it the nearest full fourth moon (and therefore the fourth largest) of 2020.
The supermoon of February 2019 as it was in the early hours of the morning over Rome, Italy
But the commentators disagree on whether it should be called a & # 39; supermoon & # 39 ;.
According to astronomer Fred Espenak, the full moon on February 9 is a supermoon, because it is within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.
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.
According to this definition, only the full moons of March and April count as full moons in 2020.
Anyway, it should be a spectacular site for those who are lucky enough to take a look through the clouds.
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.
Astronomers advise photographers and sky watchers to download applications and maps to track the progress of the moon across the sky to facilitate sightings.
A plane traveling to the Argentine city of Bahía Blanca passes in front of a supermoon event, seen from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Star watchers from across the United States enjoyed an impressive display of the & # 39; Snow Moon & # 39; last year. The Empire State building is shown in the foreground as a supermoon rises
And for star enthusiasts, there are more things to see besides the moon this weekend.
"On the full moon morning, on February 9, when the twilight of the morning begins, the planet Jupiter will be the brightest planet in the sky, and will appear in the southeast at about 8 degrees above the horizon," said Gordon Johnston of The NASA.
& # 39; The planet Saturn will then appear in brightness in the lower left corner of Jupiter about 2 degrees above the horizon.
"Lying approximately on a line with Saturn and Jupiter, the planet Mars will appear in the upper right corner of Jupiter about 19 degrees above the horizon."
Those who look to the sky on Sunday night could even see an asteroid fly by, according to Johnston.
& # 39; Sunday night, around 8 PM EST (2020-Feb-10 00:49 UTC with 1 hour, 15 minutes of uncertainty), Near Earth Object (2020 BK10), between 15 and 34 meters (50 to 112 feet) in diameter, the Earth will pass 1.9 lunar distances, traveling at 11.45 kilometers per second (25,600 miles per hour). "
WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?
A supermoon occurs when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closer to Earth.
As the moon orbits an ellipse, its closest point, the perigee, will get very close to Earth. The furthest point of the ellipse is called apogee.
When a full moon appears in the perigee, the moon looks brighter and larger than a normal moon, hence the nickname supermoon.
On February 19 you will see the second lunar show in a supermoon trilogy.
The first supermoon was & # 39; Blood Wolf Super Moon & # 39; on January 21 and the third will take place on March 21.
On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth.
For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46 p.m. and will be established at 7.35 a.m. on February 20, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. UU.
And it will be officially full at 10.53 a.m. EST according to NASA's Skycal.
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