How to watch the supermoon in the UK

Tonight’s ‘Super Snow Moon’ Could Be A Celestial Treat

Tonight’s ‘Super Snow Moon’ Could Be A Celestial Treat Space /Feb 20 2019 /Kanak Singh /0 Comment views

This year's first supermoon occurred on January 21, and there is another one happening on March 31.

On average, the moon is about 238,856 miles away from Earth. The Moon could appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, so get your phones out for the spectacular photos. "The moon, during its elliptical orbit around the earth, is closest at some point of time and farthest at other". But it can creep as close as roughly 221,500 miles and as far as 252,700 miles.

As we mentioned earlier, Super Moon is a term used to describe a full moon that happens when Moon is closed or near its closet to Earth.

The moon's colour may also change if the Earth's atmosphere has more water vapour or smoke particles.

If the phenomenon takes place in February it's called the super snow moon because it takes place in a cold period. The correct astronomical name for such a moon is perigean, although recently the term "supermoon" has become popular in the press.

Why is it called the snow moon? NASA shared a moving image of the moon's orbit to help illustrate the movement of the moon that was causing it to look larger and brighter. At 4.53pm on Tuesday, February 19, the Super Snow Moon will be above the Netherlands, however, the sun will still be out at this time, hindering viewing of the moon. The moon this time will be bigger and brighter.

Almost a month after January's "Super Wolf Blood Moon" illuminated the moon (and social media) in a red-orange hue, February's full moon will bring the largest and brightest "supermoon" of the year.

According to the "Old Farmer's Almanac" published in 1792, the February moon was called Snow Moon moniker "due to the typically heavy snowfall of February". If you wish to watch the event live on your computer, you can head over to Virtual Telescope Project website to see the Moon rise above on the Rome skyline.

And it will be a particularly splendid sight, since the moon is at perigee just a few hours before it is full, hence the "supermoon" moniker.

"It was unbelievable", said 7-year-old Cedrick, a second grade pupil who is interested in astronomy.

Apart from all the scientific facts, there is also an abundance of weather folklore about the moon, be it the shape, color or its position in the sky. And, hey, it's the second to the last one for the year, so enjoy.

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