February skies ready to host its “Snow Moon”

The full moon for the month of February is being termed as a “Snow Moon”. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, northeastern Native American tribes referred to the second full moon of winter as the Snow Moon because of February’s heavy snow.

Though some call it as a super moon, experts disagree. A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit (perigee). The moon becomes officially full for observers on the East Coast of the U.S. on Feb. 9 at 2:33 AM EST (0733 GMT), according to NASA’s SkyCal. In New York City, moonrise is at 4:41 PM local time on the evening of Feb. 8 and moonset is the next morning at 7:27 AM, according to timeanddate.com.

Unfortunately, it won’t be a supermoon because in this case, the full moon will miss perigee by about a day and a half. It’s safe to observe a full moon directly through telescopes and binoculars as it is not dangerous to the eyes. But it will be too bright to dee the details. Special moon filters can help you see the moon with details defined.

A full moon occurs when the moon is exactly on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. This month’s full moon will be in the constellation Leo, the lion with an apparent width of 0.55 degrees. Full moons have got great reverence in many global cultures.


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