The First Supermoon Of The Year Will Be Visible This Weekend

The moon's going to look pretty spectacular from now until Monday, but to catch it looking extra super-duper, head out to take a look on Sunday (February 9). It is believed that the moon will only reach its peak and will be fully visible for 20 minutes in the United Kingdom. The full Moon that will rise on March 9th will also be a supermoon, so you'll have another opportunity to enjoy the lunar majesty in a few weeks. As a result, it appears to be a bit larger and sometimes up to 30% brighter than usual, especially when atmospheric conditions are ideal.

A full moon rises over Vancouver on February 8, 2020. Fred Espenak, known as "Mr. Eclipse", has called this weekend's event as a supermoon, while others disagree.

In case you're not up on your astronomy buzz words, a supermoon is a moon that becomes full when its orbit tracks closer to the Earth than an average full moon.

It happens when the moon is closest to the Earth's orbit.

As the moon orbits an ellipse, its closest point, the perigee, will get very close to Earth. The furthest point of the ellipse is called apogee.

When a full moon appears in the perigee, the moon looks brighter and larger than a normal moon, hence the nickname supermoon.

However, some have a looser definition, saying any full moon that is less than 226,000 miles to our planet can be classified as a supermoon.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal.

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NASA said that this moon is important for several other reasons as well.

Last year's February supermoon over London. In addition, the moon will mark Magha Puja, a significant Buddhist festival, on February 9.

And for star enthusiasts, there are more things to see besides the moon this weekend.

"On the evening of the Full Moon on February 9, as evening twilight ends, the brightest of the planets, Venus, will appear in the west-southwest at about 27 degrees above the horizon".

"The planet Saturn will appear next in brightness to the lower left of Jupiter at about two degrees above the horizon".

'Lying roughly in a line with Saturn and Jupiter, the planet Mars will appear to the upper right of Jupiter at about 19 degrees above the horizon'.

Have weekend plans that don't involve gazing into the dark night's sky?

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