Saturday, 23 March, 2019


'Super snow moon' in store for Ireland

2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky 2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky
Kristine Garrett | 20 February, 2019, 05:53

Skygazers across the globe are enjoying the "super snow moon" as the largest supermoon of 2019 lights up the sky.

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.

A supermoon is a full moon that is at the closest point in its orbit to the Earth. As an example, let's compare the August 10, 2014, supermoon to the smallest Full Moon of 2014, which occurred January 15.

There many be some drizzle in western and northern parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday evening, making good views of the moon less likely.

A full moon as seen from Centerport, New York.

"In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the moon to track the seasons", according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be witnessed on Tuesday.

Supermoon - also called the perigean moon (a full moon near the perigee) - is when the moon gets the closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit. February moon is special and called a snow moon as it's the month associated with snowfall.

An Israeli nonprofit says it'll launch what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon this week.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location.

Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers) from Earth.

And from then on, each full moon for the next seven months will be farther away than the previous one. This causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.

And if you miss this one, there will be another supermoon on March 19 - the last of three supermoons visible at the start of this year.

The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

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