A Full Snow moon and the International Space Station will be visible together tonight, with the ISS going from west to east along the Northern Sky.
The Full Snow moon reaches its fullest, or largest, phase at 3:26 pm EST today, so when it rises at about 6:05 pm EST, it will be shining brightly. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, blizzards in the Midwest will probably block any visibility, but those living on the East Coast should have a clear view assuming no clouds are blocking your view of the night sky.
According to the Washington Post, Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory explains why this full moon is called the Full Snow moon:
“This latest full moon – the third since the winter solstice – is known as the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon since it occurs at a time when winter exercises its strongest grip.”
The Baltimore Sun describes how you can find the International Space Station as it zips past the full snow moon:
“The International Space Station will pass over just as the moon is rising on Monday night. It will appear as a bright light, brighter than a star, moving swiftly across the sky. It will appear in the northwest about 6:20 p.m., staying low, close to the horizon, as it moves southeast in view for about 5 minutes. The space station will “set” on the southeast horizon, right near where the full moon will rise. The bright star opposite the space station’s path through the sky is Jupiter, appearing about overhead but slightly toward the southwest.”
Will you be looking to the night sky tonight to see the Full Snow Moon and, perhaps, the passing silhouette of the International Space Station?