During every month of the year, there is a full moon. For the month of February, it's called the “snow moon,” which makes sense considering February is the snowiest month on average in the U.S.
And February 2020’s snow moon will also happen to be a supermoon, meaning it will appear larger because it will be at its closest point to earth in its orbit. The long nights during the shortest month of the year bring cold and snowy weather to many areas across the Northern Hemisphere, but if the weather is clear this weekend, people will get to see an incredible full moon.
But how do you see this fascinating natural wonder? The best time to view the “super snow moon” will be between moonrise on Saturday, Feb. 8 and the early hours of Sunday, Feb. 9.
For people in the Eastern time zone, the moon will reach its highest point in the sky around midnight, but the best time to view the snow moon will be 2:34 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9th, when it will reach peak fullness.
For those in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones, the moon will reach its peak fullness at 1:34 a.m., 12:34 a.m. and 11:34 p.m., respectively.
This will be the first of four supermoons in 2020, with the others coming in March, April and May.
The supermoon is just one of the many astronomical events you can see in 2020.