A Super Snow Moon Is Almost Here, so Set Your Alarms

18 February, 2019, 20:37 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • The August 2014 Supermoon

A brand new "supermoon" that is expected to draw crowds across the world will appear in the skies on Tuesday and it won't return for another 7 years.

This month's full moon is also known as a "snow moon".

The handsome moon will reach its closest point to the earth at 9.06am in the United Kingdom, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm.

As the midwinter Moon or the second full Moon of Winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon.

Perigee is the Moon's closest orbital distance to the Earth and is caused by the Moon's orbit, which is elliptic and not perfectly round. It will also be a "super moon", which means the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth.

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

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You won't need to use any special equipment to see the super moon - it'll be huge! The event will officially occur in the morning, but when the moon crosses the night sky - it will be brighter than it will at any point of the year, or even until 2026, according to Forbes. "You can maybe tell the difference from a normal full moon if you make a practice of looking at a lot of them" - something Hartigan said is true for him.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location. "The full moon always rises at sunset".

If you do miss out on spotting it this time around, you won't have to wait too long to see the next supermoon on March 21, which is known as the "full worm moon".

The supermoon will emerge on February 19 and will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019.

December 26: The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day) there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Eastern Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. It happens when rays of the sun completely illuminate the the side of the moon that faces our blue planet.

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