Biggest supermoon of the year will happen this week

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 18, 2019

The "super snow moon" will reach its closest point at 9.06am on Tuesday, though it will be at its fullest and brightest at 3.53pm.

The Moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth on February 19, according to EarthSky, its closest full moon to Earth in 2019.

In order for a moon to be propelled to supermoon stardom it would have to be 226,000 miles away from the Earth. But if the sight of a clear night sky still gives you goosebumps, then you should gear up for the "supermoon" this week.

In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's now no snow forecast here in the UK).

During such an event the moon looks to be about 14% bigger and about 30% brighter compared with when it's at the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, known as apogee.

A super snow moon visible over Berlin, Germany.

Another supermoon is set to grace the celestial stage this week, and it's the largest and brightest our natural satellite will appear all year.

A Full Snow Moon will light up the night sky as the moon makes it closest approach to Earth in the lunar cycle.

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

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger 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.

It should be obvious why a February full moon is traditionally called a "snow moon" in the United States.

Another moon event will take place Tuesday - and you won't want to miss it. The full moon names corresponded with seasonal changes. The next full moon, on March 21, will also be a supermoon - and the final one for this year. That one is going to be called a full worm moon, which sounds significantly less cool than the previous two.

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