A Stunning 'Snow Moon' Will Illuminate The Night Sky This Weekend

A Stunning 'Snow Moon' Will Illuminate The Night Sky This Weekend

The Snow Moon is also known as Storm Moon and Hunger Moon can be sighted till Monday morning.

For all the armchair astronomers and stargazers out there, here's some good news - the Snow Moon is all set to reveal itself all weekend. The moon appeared from Friday evening to Monday morning so there is plenty of time for you to send out those invites for a get-together with your fellow mates. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has called this lunar event the 'Full Moon Weekend.'



According to their website, "The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making this a full Moon weekend." The snow moon is also known by many names in different cultures.  It is known as the "Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, and the Full Moon of Tu B'Shevat." 

The Old Farmer's Almanac reports that the Snow Moon will reach its peak fullness at "2:34 a.m. EST on Sunday, February 9. For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight." Among the native American tribes of the northeastern part of the country, the second full moon of winter is known as the Snow Moon because of heavy snowfall during  February reports CNN.     




In China, it marks the beginning of the new Chinese New Year as the first full moon of the year. It also signifies the end of Chinese New Year celebrations and the day of the Chinese Lantern Festival, thus the term Chinese Lantern Moon. In Jewish culture, the full moon marks the beginning of the Jewish celebrations of Tu BiShvat, also known as "New Year of the Trees." In the Hindu tradition, this full Moon (Purnima) is Magha Purnima, the last day of the Hindu month of Magha. This is a month for austerity. People usually do charitable acts and bathe at holy river locations (generally where three rivers meet) according to NASA.



CNN reports that "The moon also coincides with an important Buddhist festival, Magha Puja, on February 9. This festival commemorates a spontaneous gathering of 1,250 of the Buddha's followers to hear "The Ovadhapatimokha," a famous sermon by the Buddha."  According to EarthSky, "The full moon on February 9, 2020, ranks as the fourth-closest (and therefore the fourth-largest and fourth-brightest) of the 13 full moons occurring in the year 2020, but commentators disagree on whether it should be dubbed a supermoon. The word supermoon has arisen in popular culture, and there’s no official definition for one."



It added, "The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the group generally recognized for naming and defining things in astronomy. But the IAU has been, so far, silent on the subject of supermoons, which professional astronomers might prefer to call perigean full moons."

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