The second full moon of 2021 rose over clear UK skies on Friday, providing an excellent alternative for sky-gazers to witness the last full moon of the winter.
February’s full moon is historically often known as the Snow Moon in the northern hemisphere and sometimes symbolises the starting of spring.
The moon will attain its peak at 8.17am GMT on Saturday however will seem full in the sky on each Friday and Saturday evening.
Clear skies over the UK on Friday will present ultimate situations for viewing the celestial spectacle, although areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland will flip cloudy going into Saturday morning.
The Met Office’s forecast for Saturday is barely much less beneficial however will nonetheless provide an excellent alternative for folks in southerly areas to see the full moon.
The Saturday forecast states: “Band of cloud and odd spot of rain sinking into parts of northern England. Southern areas, along with eastern Scotland seeing decent amounts of [clear skies].”
Viewing tricks to see the evening’s sky at its greatest embody steering away from areas with mild air pollution and spending at the least 45 minutes away from synthetic mild sources to permit eyes to regulate to the darkness.
The full moon additionally seems bigger when it is near the horizon resulting from a mysterious optical impact often known as the moon phantasm.
Nasa defined this phenomenon in a current weblog put up, stating: “In general, the proposed explanations have to do with a couple of key elements of how we visually perceive the world: how our brains perceive the size of objects that are nearer or farther away, and how far away we expect objects to be when they’re close to the horizon.
“There’s also some thinking that objects in the foreground of your lunar view play a role. But this isn’t a perfect explanation, either. Nasa astronauts in orbit also see the moon illusion, and they have no foreground objects to act as distance clues. So, there’s likely more going on.”
Several apps can be found that enable customers to trace the place of the moon, in addition to star constellations.