Snow Moon astounds as one of the biggest full moons of 2020 illuminates the sky on Saturday night

  • 12-February-2020

Skygazers are enjoying the marvelous February full moon, or snow moon, the end of the week.

The Snow Moon is one of the biggest full moons of 2020 and will illuminate the sky on Saturday and Sunday.

In New York City, picture takers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture pictures of the nearly full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.

The February full moon will arrive at its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, as indicated by NASA.

“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,” as per the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The full moon is the fourth-biggest of 2020, as per EarthSky.

A few specialists additionally describe the full moon as a supermoon, even though others feel that it doesn't qualify as that category of the celestial occasion. Supermoons happen when the moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the nearest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA said.

The February full moon played a significant role in Native American culture.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” NASA said. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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

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