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Skywatch: The Moon will be the star this week

Enjoy the Full Moon this week.

The moon will brighten through the week and if you’re out early in the week you can see it pass through a famous asterism.

The “Winter Circle” is made up of bright stars from famous wintertime constellations. It’s not a perfect circle but it’s still pretty neat. 

This is not the first time the Moon has passed through the asterism this winter & it’ll pass through it again next month although it’ll technically we’ll be in a new season when it moves through it on the first night of spring.

Mercury & Saturn have a date on Tuesday morning. The two will be very close to each other in the east about an hour before sunrise. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon to spot the pair. Saturn will be to the right of Mercury.

The Full Moon will arrive early on Saturday morning at 3:17 a.m. This month’s moon is known as the Full Snow Moon because of the heavy snowfall that’s possible during the month of February. 

It’s also known as the Full Hungry Moon. If we have some clearing on Friday night the moon will be big, bright & hard to miss. Happy hunting!