The Snow Moon is the first of four supermoons this year. The reason these full moons are called 'super' is that the orbit of the moon comes closer to the Earth than usual which makes it appear bigger and brighter than regular full moons.
It's now time to wipe the dust off your binoculars and keep an eye out for the night sky as the second full moon of 2020 is rising this month. February's Snow Moon is one of the 13 full moons that will illuminate our night sky this year. The name was coined by early Native Americans because of the heavy snow that is usually associated with this month.
On February 8 and the early hours of February 9, stargazers and cosmos lovers will witness a full and bright moon that will light up the skies, provided it is not cloudy. If you are among the lucky ones, then you might also find snow on the ground, when the moon rises in the sky, thereby proving that 'Snow Moon' is an apt name. It is the second event of this year and also among the first string of super moons of 2020.
The reason these full moons are called 'super' is that the orbit of the moon comes closer to the Earth than usual which makes it appear bigger and brighter than regular full moons that we witness throughout the year. Along with the Snow Moon on February 8, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, will follow the moon and will shine its brightest in the sky around nightfall.
The moon will imitate the same high path across the night sky that is followed by the Sun in the summer and it will stay for more than 12 hours. The Snow Moon is preceded by a worm moon, a pink moon, and a flower moon, which will happen in March, April, and May.
As reported by Space.com, the full moon in April will be the biggest one in 2020 because, during that time, Moon's orbit will be the closest to the Earth. The amazing thing about this celestial event is that if you want to witness it, you don't need a telescope. Later this month, you can also see a rare celestial event that is similar to an eclipse.
On February 18, you can watch the waning crescent moon cover over the planet Mars. The red planet will then slip behind the illuminated side of the moon and reappear on the dark side of it. Depending on where you live, this celestial event will take place either during pre-dawn, dawn hours, or after the sun starts to rise.