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Supermoon 2019: Super Snow Moon triggers FLOOD ALERTS and EXTREME high tides

Supermoon 2019: Super Snow Moon triggers FLOOD ALERTS and EXTREME high tides”

Compared to a full moon at apogee - its most distant point in orbit around Earth, when "micromoons" occur - a supermoon looks about 14% bigger and 30% brighter. This causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.

The moon's rotation around the Earth is not in a flawless circle. When the moon is at its closest to the earth in its orbit it is called as the Supermoon. In fact, a supermoon is also likely in the month of March as well.

The supermoon sets over Larissa, the ancient and medieval acropolis of Argos, one of the oldest cities in the world, early Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. When the moon is close to the lunar nodes of its path during a syzygy, it causes a total solar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse.

The experts had said the Feb 19 supermoon will be a bit closer and one in March will be the farthest.

A year ago in February, there wasn't any full moon terming it as black moon. The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer.

But that doesn't make this full moon any less fantastic to look at on a crisp winter evening, especially on the eve of humanity's 50th anniversary of landing men on the moon, as NASA scientist Mitzi Adams said in a recent blog post. The snowfall averages for the Washington DC area for January and February are almost tied as the snowiest months of the year.

The Irish super snow moon will be it's brightest from 5:10 pm local Irish time and will be visible throughout the night.

So tonight might not exactly live up to the hype, but Dr Tucker says if you want to check out the supermoon the best time would be just after sunset because "that's when it's at it's fullest".

"That's when you get to see it coming on the horizon and the visual effects of it appearing to be bigger look the best", he said.

Top Image: Supermoon behind the quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; published onSeptember 28, 2015.



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