The Snow Supermoon

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The moon appeared fourteen percent larger and thirty percent brighter on Sunday, February 7. This moon is called the snow moon.

The snow moon is the first full moon in February.  It was so large this year that it was even considered a snow supermoon. It is considered to be the fourth-largest full moon that will happen this year according to Science Alert.

Around the world, people have used full moons to track months and seasons for thousands of years, naming each one based on the seasonal changes it indicates. The names assigned to full moons are often attributed to the native Algonquian peoples. They share a family of languages and originate from the area that today ranges from New England as far west as Lake Superior.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, colonial settlers adopted their own names for the moon. Different languages and cultures characterized the moon differently.

There are two types of full moons, pedigree and micro moons. The contemporary terms refer to how large and small the moon looks at various points in its elliptical orbit.

This snow moon was neither since the moon will continue to become closer to the sun. This year’s Supermoons will be on March 9, 2020, and April 8, 2020.