The first supermoon of the decade rises above Britain

  • The first supermoon of the decade rises above Britain

The first supermoon of the decade rises above Britain

If you look up at the sky and the moon appears a little brighter, it's not your eyes playing tricks on you.

The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making this a "full Moon weekend".

According to NASA, a supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is "closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full".

Fienberg said the April super moon will be about 4,500 kilometers closer to Earth than the February one. Although "snow moon" is its most common nickname - because February is typically a snowy month in North America - some Native American tribes called the February full moon the "hunger moon" because rough hunting conditions resulted in less food available to eat. That's because it's not an official astronomical term, and most casual skywatchers on Earth can not detect the slight differences in the size and brightness of an ordinary full moon versus a so-called supermoon. Gurtina Besla, a professor at the Arizona University, said that the phrase "perigee syzygy" refers to the moon being at its closest distance to the Earth, and syzygy refers to the alignment of multiple bodies - the moon, Earth and sun need to be aligned for us to see a full moon.

This weekend's moon will be 225,234 miles away from the Earth when it turns full, according to EarthSky.org.

The "snow moon", which is the first of four super moons scheduled to take place this year, will rise this weekend and reach its peak around 2:33 a.m. ET Sunday, according to astronomers. This month, it falls on February 10 and the heavenly body itself is traditionally called a "snow moon" on this month. It's the time of year when the ground begins to soften and earthworms reappear, hence the name. Astrologer Richard Nolle has listed this year's first supermoon to occur on March 9.

Speaking of silly labels, this Moon has many, many names.

How will February's Full Moon affect you?

"Lying approximately on a line with Saturn and Jupiter, the planet Mars will appear in the upper right corner of Jupiter about 19 degrees above the horizon". It means the moon will look really bright and really big, especially when it's rising and setting.

And it will be officially full at 10.53 a.m. EST according to NASA's Skycal.