There is always something interesting happening in the sky. The Moon cycles through its phases and occasionally passes near a bright planet. Sometimes the Moon eclipses the Sun. And sometimes the Moon itself is eclipsed as it passes through Earth’s shadow. The planets move against the stars and are most prominent at opposition (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) or at greatest elongation (Mercury and Venus). Earth makes its annual orbit around the Sun and passes through its four seasons.
The Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon, Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Moon, the Chinese Lantern Festival Moon, and the Full Moon of Tu B’Shevat.
The next full Moon will be early on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, appearing “opposite” the Sun (in Earth based longitude) at 2:33 AM EST. The Moon will appear full for about three days centered around this time, from Friday evening to Monday morning, making this a full Moon weekend.
Also on Sunday evening, the bright star appearing to the right of the full Moon will be Regulus. Monday afternoon, at 3:29 PM EST, the Moon will be at perigee, its closest to the Earth for this orbit.
Enjoy the view!
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