Super Snow Moon, Biggest Supermoon of 2019

22 February, 2019, 14:22 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • A passenger jet is silhouetted against the full moon in Phoenix Arizona

As explained by NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams, super moons appear largest as they are rising and setting due to an optical illusion known as the "Moon Illusion".

Although the moon appears full for a few to several nights in succession, the moon is only truly full for a fleeting instant - when the moon lies 180 degrees opposite the sun, from the vantage point of Earth.

People from around Australia, and the world, snapped pictures of the slightly larger-looking moon last night as social media filled up with supermoon pics. Because the moon's orbit changes orientation relative to the Earth's orbit around the sun, supermoons don't happen every year; 2019 has only three.

The next one is expected on March 21.

A supermoon is a full moon that coincides with the Earth's elliptic orbit so that the Moon is as close to the earth as it comes during its orbit.

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The full moon rises behind the statue of the "Madonnina" Virgin Mary atop Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Since February is associated with heavy snow fall in Europe and America, the Supermoon that appeared in the month gets its name Super Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.

Some people call March's full moons Sap Moons, while others refer to them as Crow Moons.

The full moon occurred at 10:54 am local time - just under seven hours after reaching perigee - but that wasn't the best time of the day to view the supermoon.

The Supermoon in Barlham at 10pm last night.

WE SAID THIS: A super moon is always an incredible celestial sight!

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