'Super snow moon' in store for Ireland

Muriel Hammond
February 19, 2019

Although the super snow moon will be at its fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday night through to Tuesday evening, appearing around 14% largest and 30% brighter than usual.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the February moon was given the "Snow Moon" moniker "due to the typically heavy snowfall of February".

'When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon-and that's where we get a "supermoon,"' NASA explains on their website. It is expected to be the brightest moon of its kind until 2026. Then we'll have to wait 'til March 2020 to see the next super, so don't miss out.

The full moon - also dubbed the "Snow Moon" - will peak on Tuesday morning, February 19, at 8:54 a.m. Arizona time (10:54 a.m. EDT), according to NASA.

A supermoon happens a handful of times a year, but it's not always at its closest point to the earth. The moon's orbit is not a flawless circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year.

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

The phenomenon describes the moment when the New Moon closely matches with perigee.

February 19 will see the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. It may also be referred to as the "Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon, or Worm Moon", because it is the last full moon of the winter season, wrote NASA's Gordon Johnston in an online article. For South Bend and surrounding areas, moonrise will be at roughly 5:19 p.m. ET on February 18th and 6:36 p.m. ET on February 19th.

The "snow moon" is one of three "supermoons" in 2019, which means the moon will appear about 10 percent larger than average.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis.

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