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'Full super snow moon' to brighten the night sky this weekend

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'Full super snow moon' to brighten the night sky this weekend. (Photo: Cory Madsen){ }

Get ready for the aptly-named "full super snow moon" which is expected to brighten the night sky this weekend, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The full snow moon will reach its peak fullness at 2:34 a.m. early Sunday morning. For the best views of the moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8.

The moon will rise in the east and reach the highest point in the sky around midnight.

So is this moon a supermoon? Well, it depends on which definition of supermoon you subscribe to. The Old Farmer's Almanac states:

According to the broader definition of the term, which says that a supermoon is a full moon that coincides with the point in the Moon’s monthly orbit where it is closest to Earth, February’s full Moon could arguably be considered a supermoon by some, since the Moon will be closer than it normally is. By this definition, there are also supermoons in March, April, and May this year—all of which will be closer to Earth than February’s full Moon.
However, if we go by a stricter definition of supermoon, which says that a supermoon is the full moon that comes closest to Earth during the year, then April’s full Moon is the true supermoon of 2020.