Full Snow Moon will light up skies around the world tonight - here's the best ... trends now

Full Snow Moon will light up skies around the world tonight - here's the best ... trends now
Full Snow Moon will light up skies around the world tonight - here's the best ... trends now

Full Snow Moon will light up skies around the world tonight - here's the best ... trends now

While there's no snow forecast for tonight, there will still be a wintery treat in the skies. 

This evening, a Full Snow Moon will light up the skies around the world.

As the last full moon of winter, this will be a great opportunity to get in some early evening stargazing before the nights get shorter once again. 

Even better, because the moon will be bright and full, you won't need any special equipment or even to leave the city to see it.

So, if you want to see this stunning astronomical phenomenon, here's best the way to catch it. 

The Snow Moon is the last full moon of winter, seen here rising above the Thames near Gravesend last year

The Snow Moon is the last full moon of winter, seen here rising above the Thames near Gravesend last year

When are the next full moons?
March 25 - Worm Moon April 23 - Pink Moon  May 23 - Flower Moon June 21 - Strawberry Moon  July 21 - Buck Moon  August 19 - Sturgeon Moon  September 17 - Harvest Moon October 17 - Hunter's Moon  November 15 - Beaver Moon  December 15 - Cold Moon  

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A full moon occurs once every 28 days when the moon, Earth and sun are in syzygy, meaning they are all aligned.

The moon is only technically full when it is 100 per cent illuminated but because it is in constant motion around the Earth this only lasts for an instant.

More generally speaking, we refer to the full moon as any time that our lunar satellite appears to be fully illuminated to an observer on Earth.  

Dr Affelia Wibisono, astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, told MailOnline: 'In 2024, the moment when the Moon is at its fullest will occur at 12:30pm on the 24th. 

'The Moon won't be visible from the UK at this time, but it will appear full on the nights before and after.'

Dr Wibisono adds: 'Moonrise is at 16:15 on the 23rd and it will set at 07:21 the following morning. On the 24th, the Moon rises at 17:27 and moonset is at 07:32 on the 25th.'

Since the moon is so bright, it should be extremely easy to see wherever you are.

'There is no particular location you need to be to observe this event – as this is a bright full moon, as long as the night is clear of clouds, it will be easy to spot whether you are in a light-polluted city, or a dark area of countryside,' adds Dr Wibisono. 

We see the moon as fully illuminated when it, the Earth, and the sun are all in syzygy, meaning they are aligned. While this technically only happens for a moment, the moon still appears full a day on either side of this point

We see the moon as fully illuminated when it, the Earth, and the sun are all in syzygy, meaning they are aligned. While this technically only happens for a moment, the moon still appears full a day on either side of this point

If you want to get the best views of this delightful lunar event it is best to try and see the moon shortly before moonrise or moonset. 

When the moon is low on the horizon it appears to be bigger due to something called the 'Moon Illusion'.

Scientists aren't quite sure what causes this phenomenon but it causes the moon to appear larger when just above the horizon.

Your view won't really be any better but your brain will tell you that it is.  

The names of the full moons are often believed to come from traditional Native American naming schemes.

It is suggested that the full moons

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