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Supermoon, 2019’s Biggest and Brightest, to Light up Sky Tuesday

Supermoon, 2019’s Biggest and Brightest, to Light up Sky Tuesday”

Not technical astronomical term, the phrase super moon was first coined by Richard Nolle in 1979 to describe when the moon is within 90 percent of its closest approach to the earth in any orbit.

February's full moon reached its peak at 10:54 a.m.

On Tuesday 19 February the world will be treated to a stunning full moon. Instead, check the skies Monday and Tuesday night for the best views.

Some of southern England will remain clear and dry, meaning it may be the best place to see the so-called supermoon. It's a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon.

The supermoon will coincide with the annual Lantern Festival - or Chap Goh Meh - which marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations.

You won't need to use any special equipment to see the super moon - it'll be huge! On display in the night sky will be a super full moon on Tuesday, bigger and brighter than you can hope to see in the next seven years.

Other names include "No Snow in the Trails Moon" by the Zuni tribe in the southwest, and "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon" by the Wishram tribe in the northwest.

The event occurs when the Moon is at its lunar perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, making it appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than at its lunar apogee, its furthest point. This February full moon is particularly noteworthy after a Black Moon in February past year. It is also known as the Hunger Moon because hunting was hard for the tribes due to the snow.

"Because these relatively close objects are in front of the Moon, our brain is tricked into thinking the Moon is much closer to the objects that are in our line of sight", she continued.

A super moon shines 15% brighter than an ordinary moon, and appears about 7 percent larger in diameter, according to the almanac. The full moon moment (when the moon lies 180 degrees opposite the sun) will occur at 9.23pm. So, see the snow moon, then watch the snowstorm.

This incredible side-effect of today's Full Moon was confirmed by maritime astronomer Bruce McClure of EarthSky.org, who said higher tides follow a Supermoon.

The Supermoon is labelled the snow moon because it usually happens during one of the colder periods of the year.



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