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February's full Snow Moon to take over the skies with Mercury, Venus and Mars in sight

Missed January’s full Moon? February’s Snow Moon coming on February 5 and it is expected to be a sight to see.

| Updated on: Feb 02 2023, 17:23 IST
Top astronomy photos of the week by NASA: Galaxy wars, Nebula, Moon to Sun, check them out
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1/7 On January 14, NASA released an image of Perihelion Sun 2023, the image was taken after January 4, at the Earth's closest approach to the Sun. It was taken less than 24 hours after the earth's close approach. (Peter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory))
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2/7 On January 15, another photograph was released of The Crab Nebula snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. ( NASA, ESA, Hubble, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU))
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3/7 On January 16, NASA released an image of Moon Enhanced. The featured image is a composite of multiple images enhanced to bring up real surface features. The dark areas in the image, called maria, have fewer craters and were once seas of molten lava. Additionally, the image colours, although based on the moon's real composition, are changed, and exaggerated. (Darya Kawa Mirza)
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4/7 On January 17, the image of unexpected clouds toward the Andromeda Galaxy was released. (Yann Sainty & Marcel Drechsler)
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5/7 Image of MACS0647: Gravitational Lensing of the Early Universe Captured by James Webb Space Telescope was released by NASA on January 18. ( NASA, ESA, CSA, Dan Coe (STScI), Rebecca Larson (UT), Yu-Yang Hsiao (JHU); Processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI); Text: Michael Rutkowski (Minn. St. U. Mankato))
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6/7 On January 19, the image of The Seagull Nebula was released. The complex of gas and dust clouds with other stars of the Canis Majoris OB1 association spans over 200 light-years. (Carlos Taylor)
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7/7 Galaxy Wars: M81 and M82, this image was released on January 20. On the right, with grand spiral arms and bright yellow core is spiral galaxy M81.  (Andreas Aufschnaiter)
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The Snow Moon will occur on February 5. (AFP)

The Moon has long been one of the central pieces of the studies related to Earth. Its presence influences various phenomena on the planet, such as tides. The full Moon is important for many due to religious, cultural reasons or even purely scientific reasons. The full Moon in itself is a spectacular sight to see that fills the heart with joy when you take a look at it. According to NASA, the Moon may appear to glow red sometimes. Other times, the Moon may appear larger than usual in our night sky. However, that is not because the Moon itself is changing colours or sizes. The changes in appearance are usually due to its position in relation to the Sun and Earth.

On February 5, the planet will witness this year's first full Moon, which co-incidentally is also called the Snow Moon. The full Moon of February 5 will occur at 1:29 PM EST, in the US. According to the Maine Farmers' Almanac which began publishing Native Indian names for full Moons in the 1930s, February's full Moon is called Snow Moon or Storm Moon because of the heavy snowfall during the season in various parts of the world.

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But it's not just the Moon that will be the spectacle in the evening. According to NASA, Mercury, Venus and Mars will also be seen just before dawn. NASA says, “On the evening of the February full Moon, Venus as the Evening Star appears as the third brightest object in the sky, with only the Sun and Moon brighter.”

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Why does a full Moon occur?

A full moon occurs when the side of the Moon facing Earth is fully lit up by the Sun. There are a few different types of unusual full moon types, which include blood moons, supermoons, blue moons, and harvest moons, and others.

The Snow Moon is one of the 12 full Moons of the year and it will reach its maximum elevation in the constellation Leo just after midnight.

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First Published Date: 02 Feb, 17:22 IST