First supermoon of 2020 this weekend

Arrange for a telescope to witness the first supermoon of 2020 this weekend. The February supermoon is traditionally called as Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, Storm Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, and Chinese Lantern Festival Moon you can call it with whatever name you like.

What is a Supermoon

A supermoon is a unique form of the Full Moon that happens when the Moon’s orbit is nearest to Earth in a given orbit. NASA says, “When a full moon appears at perigee it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon – and that’s where we get a ‘supermoon.”

How is a supermoon different from the usual Moon?
Though it’s difficult to spot the difference between a typical moon and a supermoon, it will appear 30 per cent more bright and 14 per cent more prominent than the normal Moon.

Visibility time in India
According to NASA, the Moon will look full for almost three days. It will start evolving on Friday and Sunday, i.e. February 9, it will take its full form, and that’s when the supermoon will be visible.

As per a Norwegian site TimeandDate.com, the supermoon will take over the sky at probably 1:03 pm on Sunday.

How to watch supermoon online live stream?

The first supermoon of 2020 won’t be visible in India as it is going to appear during the day time. You can still try to catch a glimpse of the supermoon with a telescope and can also enjoy the online live stream on YouTube. The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will even live stream the supermoon on its website.

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