Thursday, 02 April, 2020

First supermoon of 2020 is this weekend: How to see it

Snow Supermoon 2020 February astronomical events to look for: Supermoon, Snow Moon, lunar occultation
Sandy Nunez | 11 February, 2020, 17:19

Stargazers around the world will be treated to a handsome sight this weekend as a "Super Snow Moon" lights up the nighttime sky. As a result, the moon can appear to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter during a supermoon, but it's very hard to spot the difference.

Another fun fact about this Snow Moon is that it's the first of 4 consecutive Super Moons from now until May.

The Supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon is in its full moon phase and, at the same time, is at the nearest point in its orbit around the earth (perigee).

It gets its name due to the typically heavy snowfall in February. Of course, it all depends on where you live.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

This weekend's "Super Snow Moon" will be officially full for observers on the East Coast of the US on February 9 at 2:33 a.m., according to, making Saturday night at moonrise the most ideal viewing time.

It is additionally thought that the moon will just come to a head and also be entirely noticeable for 20 mins in the United Kingdom - with weather condition restrictions from Storm Ciara additionally keyed to interfere with visuals.

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The full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, according to EarthSky. Bad weather and heavy snowstorms made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. If you go by the looser definition, it is a supermoon.

"From the astronomers' point of view there is nothing particularly special about a super moon; however, most people tend to notice it more when it's this bright", he said.

In Qatar, the moon will today rise at 5.36pm and set at 6.18am tomorrow, the statement informs.

Many people captured the moon on camera including Tauranga's Stephanie Martelli.

A full moon rises over Vancouver on February 8, 2020.

According to NASA's Gordon Johnston there are other names for the snow moon. At its closes, the moon is 226,000 miles away. Tonight's installation, seen in London, Portsmouth and also Berkshire most plainly and also is one of 4 comparable occasions readied to happen in 2020.