Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Promise of clear skies over Bulgaria for February 2019 Super Moon

A super blood moon lit up the sky last month. Credit PA Images A super blood moon lit up the sky last month. Credit PA Images
Kristine Garrett | 21 February, 2019, 23:41

Trinidad and Tobago's skygazers are in for a treat as the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be witnessed today.

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

Move over Super Blood Wolf Moon, it's the Super Snow Moon's turn to shine.

"If you were to have a picture of your big, bright supermoon and a normal moon, it would look bigger and brighter if you're able to compare them", Dr Tucker said.

The full moon will occur at 11:54 am local time - just under seven hours after reaching perigee. Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon as the harsh weather conditions were not suitable for hunting.

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". That's because it's winter in the northern hemisphere, and snow often blankets the ground during this time.

Why is it called the snow moon? This is the closest the moon will be to earth this year. However, its orbit isn't a ideal circle and this accounts for the variations in distance. The moon's distance from Earth varies because its orbit is not circular, but elliptical. Tonight, the Moon may seem brighter and will be up to 14% larger than when the Moon is at apogee, or furthest away from Earth in its orbit.

Meanwhile, the astronomy panellist of Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) Datuk Dr Mohd Zambri Zainuddin said, tonight's Supermoon would be slightly smaller than the Supermoon on Nov 14, 2016, when it was closer to the Earth at 356,445km. It just so happens that this week's perigee will be about 362 miles (583 kilometers) closer to us than last month's supermoon, according to NASA.

The supermoon coincided with the annual Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations - or Chap Goh Meh.

There's no universally agreed-upon definition of a supermoon.

February's full moon is also referred to as "Snow Moon" traditionally, as this is the month where the US sees its heavy snowfall. It will also be about 1,627 miles closer than the next supermoon, on March 19. Well, the Moon receives this title if it is the second full Moon of the year.

So far, enthusiasts have captured images in India, with striking images of people enjoying the evening's moon at Marina Beach in Chennai. The year's brightest full moon was on January 21.

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