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First super-moon of 2020 happening this weekend

The first celestial event for this year, and this decade will be taking place tomorrow, and it will give us the best view of the moon in almost a year.

This phenomenon, which is traditionally called the Snow Moon will be the first of four super moons set to take place in 2020, and will be the first to occur since March 20 last year.

NASA states that “the Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time” all the way to Monday morning, making this a full Moon weekend.

What is a super moon? When the moon’s orbit brings it to its closest proximity to Earth – called its perigee – what we get is a super moon. A super moon refers to the moon appearing brighter and larger than normal – anywhere up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon.

“We call it a super-moon because it approaches the closest point to Earth on its orbit, so it looks bigger. In technical terms this point of the orbit is called the perigee. It will rise some time in the afternoon after 4pm and can be seen anywhere on the island,” The Astronomical Society of Malta told Bay.

The phenomenon is also sometimes referred to as the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, because it’s the first full moon of the new Chinese New Year, signifying the end of Chinese New Year celebrations and the day of the Chinese Lantern festival.

The best day to see this year’s first Super Moon will be TOMORROW at around 08:30am. So, if you’re lucky (and not having a weekend lie-in), you’ll be able to witness the phenomenon – and if you do, send us your best photos of the Snow Moon and we will show them off on our socials.

Some of the best spots to see the moon are in the Maltese countryside near Marfa, Mellieha, Mgarr and Manikata as well as in Ghasri, Qala, Gharb and Sannat in Gozo.

The best places to see it are the top of hills that have clear views to the east and the west.