The Full Moon tonight is a Super Snow Moon because it is the first of four Supermoons that occur in 2020 and Full Moons in February are named Snow Moons.
What Time Does The February 2020 Super Snow Moon Occur?
On Florida’s east coast, the Super Snow Moon will rise over the Atlantic Ocean around 6:40 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the night of Saturday, February 8, 2020, and set the following morning around 7:30 a.m., with some slight time variation (+/- 20 minutes) depending on the viewer’s exact location in Florida.
The Super Snow Moon will be technically at its fullest at 2:33 a.m. on Sunday morning with 99.9% illumination.
When is the best time to watch February’s Full Moon?
Low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans.
So, the Super Snow Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise.
What is a Super Moon?
According to NASA, a Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth.
When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon.
A full moon at its closest point to Earth definitely will be big and bright. But it won’t look much, if any, different than a “normal” full moon and will not have any readily observable effect on our planet except perhaps slightly higher tides.
Why is February’s Full Moon Named a Snow Moon?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans named February’s Full Moon a Snow Moon due to the heavy snowfall that occurs in the northeastern United States this time of year.
Other February Full Moon names include Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, and the Full Moon of Tu B’Shevat.