A huge 'snow moon' is rising over London this weekend

Snow Moon

This supermoon signals the commencement of the Jewish celebrations of the New Year of the Trees.

You can catch a glimpse of the Super "Snow" Moon if you're out tonight.

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.

Viewing conditions will depend on the weather in your area.

It might not look bigger than usual to the untrained eye, but experienced observers will detect the difference. "Across North America, there are many different tribes with different languages and different names for the full Moons throughout the year".

But commentators disagree on whether it should be dubbed a "supermoon".

However, others claims that a supermoon only occurs when the centre of the moon is less than 223,694 miles (360,000 kilometres) from the centre of Earth.

This weekend's moon will be 225,234 miles away from the Earth when it turns full, according to EarthSky.org.


"If you want a fuller impact, you want to head somewhere dark, so you can see plentiful stars surrounding the moon", Person said. It is known in astronomical circles as a Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.

A "snow moon" is set appear over London during the next few days.

It'll be at its most impressive around 7.30am, so no lie-in for you.

Those looking skyward on Sunday evening could even spot an asteroid flying past, according to Johnston.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest factor - the perigee - will certainly come really near planet. At its closes, the moon is 226,000 miles away. The scientific term of supermoon is "perigee syzygy".

Just like this supermoon, the next full Moon will also be a supermoon. This means that the first supermoon of 2020 will only appear partially for stargazers in India sometime in the evening.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth.

The rival publication, the Farmers' Almanac, says early American colonists also referred to the February full moon as the "trapper's moon", because "the optimal time for trapping beaver, fox, and mink, was the dead of winter, when these animals' coats were at their fullest".

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