An image of one full side of the moon.
January brought a meteor shower,two full moons and a lunar eclipsefor night-sky gazers but February hasnt been anywhere near as full of lunar or stellar events. Thats not about to change, either.
This year, the month of February will have no full moons at all, nor will it have any meteor showers. The next full moon wont actually happen untilMarch 1and the next meteor shower that will actually be visible wont happen until April.
Friday, Feb. 16, actually marks the lunar New Year, which is what the Chinese New Year is scheduled around. The holiday is set based on the lunar calendar. Thenew moon occurred Thursday afternoonwhen the moon was zero percent illuminated. After the new moon, more and more of the moon moves into an illuminated position until it reaches full.
Due to the full moon that occurred on Jan. 31 and the fact that February is such a short month, the full moon will just miss appearing in February on either end of the month.
Januarys full moons were not onlyfull, but they were supermoons meaning they appeared larger than usual and also a bit brighter than usual. The next full moon though will be back to its regular size and brightness. There was also a lunar eclipse visible during the full moon at the end of January which is what gave the moon a red hue and the namesuper blue blood moon.
So sky viewers will have to wait until next month to see another full moon, assuming the sky is clear that night.
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