Snow Moon to illuminate night sky this weekend

James Marshall
February 5, 2020

The "Super Snow Moon" will rise in the eastern sky in the evening, but people that step outside that night and look toward the west may be able to see two of Earth's celestial neighbors.

If you missed the full Wolf Moon Eclipse last month, you can light up the full "Snow Moon" night sky this weekend. You guessed it - snow.

The long nights during the shortest month of the year often bring cold and snowy weather to many areas across the Northern Hemisphere, but if the weather is clear this weekend, people will get to view a full moon named after February's wintry weather.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, each month's full moon has a nickname that can be traced hundreds of years to the Native Americans and American colonists - when the seasons were marked by giving names to recurring full moons. It was also called the Hunger Moon because the winter weather created hard hunting conditions and scarce food sources. 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.

While it won't be the biggest moon of the year like last February's "Super Snow Moon", this year's Snow Moon will be the fourth-closest full moon of the year, according to EarthSky. NASA says that the term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 and is used to describe what astronomers call a Perigean full moon. So pack your coziest blanket and look up into the night sky this weekend. So the full moon in February is called the Snow Moon because of heavy snowfall that usually occurs during the month. It was also called the hunger moon because the winter weather caused hard hunting conditions and scarce food sources.

According to a SkyNews.ca report, full moons always rise around sunset and set around sunrise.

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