Facts about February full snow moon: Time, date and possibility of supermoon
First Published 8, Feb 2020, 4:51 PM IST
This snow moon is also known as bone moon and hunger moon. Check out the story to know the exact time of February 9 full moon that is termed as a supermoon.
This weekend will witness the full snow moon that is also termed as supermoon. The spectacular view can be witnessed on February 9. But there is a debate on if it can be called a supermoon. In fact, supermoon is a full moon that comes closest to the Earth’s orbit resulting in a larger-than usual size visible from the Earth.
Astronomer Gianluca Masi speaking to Newsweek said that the moon will be located around 225,000 miles from the Earth when it is full this weekend. Thus the moon will be seen 7 percent larger and 10-15 percent brighter than the usual full moon.
The snow moon can be seen in its fullest at 2:33 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, February 9. In the New York City region, the moon will rise in the east-northeast sky at 4:41 p.m. Saturday, at 5:56 p.m. Sunday and 7:12 p.m. on Monday, states TimeAndDate.com. The snow moon will set in the west-northwestern sky at 7:27 a.m. on Sunday (February 9), the same part of the sky at 8:06 a.m. on Monday and in the western sky at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
Click here to check the timings of snow moon in your area. https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon-rise-and-set Apart from being called the snow moon, the February moon is also called as, bone moon and hunger moon too.
It is apparently called snow moon as it snows in North America in February. It is named hunger moon because during this time the weather is rough and there is scarcity of food. In the same lines of hunger moon, it is also called bone moon as very less food is available during this time and people depended on bone marrow soup.
It is also said that this is the first supermoon of the four consecutive moons. According to astronomer Fred Espenak supermoons will also occur in March, April and May this year, reported Newsweek. After January 26, 1948 the closest supermoon occurred on November 14, 2016. The next closest supermoon of the 21st century can be witnessed on December 6, 2052.