On Sunday the first full moon of the year – The snow moon

The full moon behind the Parthenon on the Acropolis rock / Photo: AP Photos

On Sunday, February 9, the first super moon of 2020, as the moon will almost coincide – with the difference of one day – with the nearest moon to Earth.

The result is that the moon looks somewhat larger and brighter than usual. Astronomers predict that there will be three more lunar years this year.

The super-moon will occur at 09:34 pm Greece time on Sunday, while the moon will reach the perimeter of its elliptical orbit, ie the closest distance to Earth (360.461 kilometers) on Monday night (22:28 Greece time). This practically means that on both Saturday and Sunday nights the Moon will be “honored” if the weather allows it.

The Moon follows an elliptical orbit and its distance from our planet is not constant. The average Earth-Moon distance is about 384,400 kilometers, but it increases by about 5% at high altitude (maximum distance) and decreases by 5% at low altitude (minimum distance) when the phenomenon of supernovae is observed. On February 26, for example, at its peak, the moon will be nearly 406,300 kilometers from Earth.

The full moon or “full moon of snow”
In North America this year’s full moon has long been known as the “full moon of snow” (because it was usually snowy that time) or “full moon of hunger” (because hunting was difficult due to snow and cold) or “full moon” “(Because it was going out … very badly).

The term Super-Moon or Super-Moon is not an official astronomer, but was coined by astrologers. Until the 1970s no one was talking about super-moons and super-moons, so an astrologer invented the term, which began to be used over time.
Source –  iefimerida.gr 


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