How to watch the supermoon in the UK

Muriel Hammond
February 18, 2019

The spectacular lunar display is known as the "snow moon" because it often appears along with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

In January, US lunar watchers were treated to a Super Blood Wolf Moon, when the Supermoon event coincided with a partial eclipse of the moon giving it a bloody appearance during the "wolf moon" month.

Skywatchers will get a special treat Tuesday when the biggest, brightest supermoon of 2019 lights up the night sky.

A super moon is what takes place when the Moon is near its closest approach to Earth (its perigee, for those interested in the jargon).

A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around our planet.

The Full Snow Moon is the second of three supermoons we'll witness this year.


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

This effect is called a "moon illusion" which scientists believe is the human brain comparing the moon to other objects nearby.

"The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup", it explains. 19 supermoon has been dubbed the "super snow moon".

The full moon names date back to Native Americans living in northern and eastern parts of the U.S.

When can people see the super snow moon?

Instead, you will have to wait for moonrise, which will occur between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. local time (for precise timing go here). But if the sight of a clear night sky still gives you goosebumps, then you should gear up for the "supermoon" this week. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, on february 19, around 10:53 a.m. EST is the time when the Moon will be closest to the Earth.

For those who can't catch Tuesday's supermoon, a third supermoon of the year, nicknamed the worm moon, can be seen on March 21. An annular solar eclipse is similar to a total solar eclipse, but the moon is too far away to completely obscure the sun.

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