Snow moon to light up the sky this weekend

Snow Moon

A snow moon lights up the night sky over Edmonton Alta. on Saturday Feb. 9 2020

Last February's full moon, dubbed the "super snow moon", was the largest supermoon of 2019.

A supermoon is popularly known as a full or new moon that coincides with the lunar orbit making an especially close approach to Earth.

That means it's going to look extra big and bright. They referred to the second full moon of winter as the Snow Moon or the Storm Moon because of February's heavy snow.

It all depends on who you talk to and which standard is being used to determine what defines a supermoon.

The celestial event, which will reach its peak between Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9, derives part of its name from Native American tradition and part from astronomy.

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CNN reports the moon will appear from Friday evening into Monday morning.

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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If you don't catch a glimpse of this weekend's full moon, you can look for next month's full "worm moon" - which many people will be calling the "super worm moon", because it can be considered a supermoon - on March 9.

Because this supermoon is occurring in February, it is variously called the "Snow Moon", "Hunger Moon", "Storm Moon", "Black Bear Moon", "Goose Moon", or "Chinese Lantern Festival Moon", depending on the tradition. Bad weather and heavy snowstorms made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon.

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The moon rises above the Shard, in main London onSaturday It's thought that the moon will just come to a head and also be entirely noticeable for 20 mins in the UK.

The moon will be at its fullest 7.33am GMT Sunday morning.

These show the snow moon in the back drop of New York's iconic Empire State Building as well as the Statue of Liberty.

"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.

An unusual astronomical occurrence will happen over the next four months as every full moon thru May will be a supermoon!

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