Snow moon: Biggest supermoon of the year visible tonight

19 February, 2019, 03:56 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Silhouette of a man pushing a child on a swing in front of a full moon in Kayseri Turkey

It follows January's "Super Blood Wolf Moon", making it the second supermoon of the year.

February's full moon is also referred to as "Snow Moon" traditionally, as this is the month where the USA sees its heavy snowfall.

A supermoon phenomenon occurs when a full moon, on its oval-shaped orbit, is at its closest to us, known as perigee, which is about 356,000 kilometres as measured from the centre of the Earth to the centre of the moon.

NASA explains that a full moon at perigee looks up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

In 2011, a hazy red supermoon was seen exceptionally close to the earth - within 126 miles (203km) of its closest possible approach to our planet.

The last supermoon of 2019 will take place on March 19.

February's full moon is known as the snow moon as it arrives during one of the coldest periods of the year.

March's supermoon will also be special.

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Stargazers will enjoy a stunning sight this week as a rare "super snow moon" is set to appear in the night sky.

The Irish Sun reports that the moon should be closest to Earth at 9.06am in Ireland, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm.

What is Super Snow Moon?

The Cherokee referred to it as the "Bone Moon" as it was the time of the year when food was so scarce that people nibbled on bones and drank bone marrow soup.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. During this time it'll appear very large to the eyes, which is an optical illusion.

An aircraft taking off is seen passing in front of full moon in December of 2017.

July 16: A partial lunar eclipse will be visible to people in much of Europe, Asia, and in regions of North and South America as well.

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