Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Super Snow Moon Lights Up the UAE Sky

A perigee moon occurs when the Moon is at its closest approach to Earth and looks about 15 per cent bigger and up to 30 per cent brighter than a full moon at apogee Moon over Turihaua
Cary Marshall | 22 February, 2019, 14:22

A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full.

Exactly how close does a full moon have to be to qualify as "super"?

It's also known as a "super moon", because its orbit is nearest to our planet. But some Native American tribes also named it the Hunger Moon due to the scarce food sources and hard hunting conditions during mid-winter, while others named it the Storm Moon.

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It will make the moon appear unusually large when it rises and sets, and - like most lunar events - is sure to draw amateur star gazers around the world outside. "I have been waiting for this moon because it is supposed to be the biggest and brightest".

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While the full moon technically peaked at 10:53 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time today, the optimal time to see it will be between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. local.

That's the closest coincidence of the March equinox and full moon since 20 March 2000.

In case you didn't get a chance to marvel at the supermoon over the city last night, these Montrealers snapped some pics so you can relive the lovely lunar event. "This "moon illusion" happens when the moon is close to the horizon and there are objects within our line of sight such as trees or buildings", says NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams.

Another exciting fact is that this year we are going to witness back to back three months with full moons.

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