First Supermoon of 2020, the ‘Snow Moon’, Visible This Weekend
A Snow Moon, the first supermoon of 2020, will appear over South Jersey from Friday evening to Monday morning, but don't worry, it won't affect the weather.
According to the Maine Farmer's Almanac, northeastern Native American tribes referred to the second full moon of winter as the Snow Moon or the Storm Moon because of February's heavy snow.
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit. This moon is important for other reasons as well, according to NASA.
The full moon signals the start of Jewish celebrations of Tu BiShvat, known as "New Year of the Trees."
This is also the first full moon of the new Chinese New Year, which signifies the end of Chinese New Year celebrations and the day of the Chinese Lantern festival.
This first super moon of 2020 will be fullest at 2:33 am on Sunday, Feb. 9, according to NASA.