The First Super Moon of the Year Will Light up the Sky This Weekend

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Don’t you just love a good moon? We sure do – there’s just something magical about that big glowing orb in the sky.

On our earth that’s increasingly seeming like a scary place, the moon remains basically untouched and still has that mysterious, mystical beauty about it.

And the second full moon of the decade seems set to be a smasher. Scroll on for all the details – and keep your eyes on the skies!

The second full moon of the decade is set to appear today!

Well, actually, you didn’t need any fancy equipment to catch this moon – you just need to know what you’re looking for.

Because this moon is particularly oversized. It’s known as a “super moon.”

The second full moon of the decade is called the snow moon.

You’ll be able to spot it in the sky this weekend!

It’s all to do with its position in the sky.

This means it’s at the point of its orbit when its closest to earth.

And the reason it’s closer to earth is because of the gravitational pull of the orbit.

Well, the reason is surprisingly simple – it’s because February is, on average, the snowiest month of the year.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” writes NASA.

In fact, every moon of the year gets a special name.

Well, they’re all based on ancient mythology and astrological beliefs.

Normally, we get twelve full moons annually.

October has full moons – the second of which is called a blue moon.

That’s where it comes from! You learn something new every day.

It falls on Halloween – making it an even rarer occurrence.

We’re also set to have 2 more supermoons on March 9th and April 7th.

February 9th has the snow moon, March 9th has the worm moon, April 7th the pink moon, May 7th the flower moon, June 5th the strawberry moon, July 5th the buck moon, August 3rd the sturgeon moon, September 2nd the corn moon, October 1st the harvest moon, October 31st the blue moon, November 30the the beaver moon, and December 29th the cold moon.

But if you’re truly passionate about the moon, scroll on. NASA is planning on sending people back there in 2024!