Skywatchers are in for a treat this weekend. A Full Snow Supermoon is rising. Take a few minutes out of your evening and enjoy a bright Supermoon graces the night sky. The full Moon on February 9, 2020, ranks as the fourth-closest (and therefore the fourth-largest) of the 13 full moons occurring in the year 2020. It will reach fullness on February 9th at 7:33 Universal Time. Supermoon This February full Moon ushers in the first in a series of four full Supermoons occuring on Feb. 9, March 9, April 8, and May 7, 2020. All of these Full Moons are less than 362,000 km (225,000 miles) distant as measured from the centers of the Earth and Moon. The February Supermoon or what astronomers call as the waxing gibbous Moon is at its closest to Earth, with only 224,994 miles distance. That causes the Moon to appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky. This phenomenon also exerts a greater gravitational pull that can magnify the Moon's effect on ocean tides. Super Tides and Gravitational Pull Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun. In synchrony with Earth, the Moon spins at about the same speed and direction as it orbits around the Earth. This means that the same side always faces Earth, and the far side of the Moon (the half of the Moon's surface which faces away) is never visible from Earth. The tides on Earth are mostly generated by the intensity of the Moon's gravitational pull from one side of the Earth to the other. The Moon's gravity can cause small ebbs and flows in the continents called land tides or solid Earth tides. These are greatest during the Full and New Moons because the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same or opposite sides of the Earth. If you live along a coastline, watch out for high tides during the Supermoon. These high tides are unlikely to cause flooding, unless there is a strong weather system around the coastline. Don't Miss Out February's Full Snow Supermoon, the first Supermoon of the year! Clear Skies Everyone!