Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Super Snow Moon lights up UAE sky and around the world

Super Snow Moon lights up UAE sky and around the world

Keen stargazers across Australia are getting ready for a glimpse of the biggest and brightest full moon of the year when it lights up the sky on Tuesday night. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. It's at this point that we refer to it as a supermoon.

Commonly known as a supermoon, the awesome phenomenon occurs when the full moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth, which makes it appear much larger and brighter than usual. As the Moon orbits Earth, the distance between the two objects changes.

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The Supermoon is visible all over the world with the best viewing time just after sunset but there are also a number of live streams of the event available.

And while the moon's fullness will peak at around 2.53 AEDT, the best time to see it will actually be much earlier than that! However, this included a total lunar eclipse visible in all of North and South America. For this reason, supermoons are also known as perigee or perigean moons, though the full technical term is "perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system".

The moon looks particularly large because it's at its closet point to Earth.

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According to reports from Nasa, the term "snow moon" is the historic name given to the second full moon of the winter season by some Native American tribes in the U.S. It is also called the Snowmoon because of the occurrence of heavy snowfall during this particular time of the year.

What is a Super Snow Moon or Super Hunger Moon?

Let's start with understanding what exactly is a Supermoon. Any bro who says that they saw a significantly bigger and handsome moon is lying. Given that it is a Super Moon today, it is being called a Super Snow Moon.

"You'll be able to see the Moon over the entire night from London if the skies remain clear".

The snow moon becomes officially full on February 19, 2019, at 10:53 am EST (1553 GMT), and it will be about six hours past perigee.

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