'Super snow moon' in store for Ireland

19 February, 2019, 03:56 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • How to See February's 'Super Snow Moon' on Feb. 19

This Super Snow Moon will be the biggest, brightest and closest supermoon of the year, and will be at its fullest at 10:53 a.m. EST on Tuesday morning.

The Old Farmer's Almanac explains the word "super" is used to designate when the full or new moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than usual.

The moon will be at its closest point to the Earth while having every inch of its surface brightly illuminated by the sun, giving it a red sheen.

Back in the day, this time of the year could turn into a pitched battle for survival for anyone who had failed to stockpile enough food for the winter.

"Some astronomers dismiss "Supermoons" as media hype, but to me, anything that encourages people to gaze up is a great way to re-engage people with the night sky", astronomer Paul Cox said in a statement. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles.

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Another Supermoon is expected on March 21, but will not be as large or bright as this one.

Stargazers can look to the sky this week to see the biggest supermoon of the year.

It's called a supermoon when perigee coincides with the moon's full phase.

Another supermoon will arrive this week following the celestial event late last month. Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon as the harsh weather conditions were not suitable for hunting.

The best time to see it will be at moonrise, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Then we'll have to wait 'til March 2020 to see the next super, so don't miss out. During this time it'll appear very large to the eyes, which is an optical illusion. The origin of the name is about what you'd expect: February is typically a month with ample snow in many places, hence the name that became associated with its super moon.

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