Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Supermoon 2019: Full moon to be visible in United Kingdom tomorrow

Supermoon 2019: Full moon to be visible in United Kingdom tomorrow

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

Astrologer Richard Nolle defined the term back in 1979 as a "new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit".

Hence, super snow moon.

It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019.

The "super moon" part indicates the moon will be a full moon and at its closest point of orbit to earth (called the "perigree") at around the same time, making it look bigger and brighter than usual. A fun fact that you'd like to know is that the different tribes have their own names for February's moon. This occurs once every 19 years, and it's because January and March each have two full moons.

The Irish Sun reports that the moon should be closest to Earth at 9.06am in Ireland, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

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It's called a supermoon when perigee coincides with the moon's full phase. If you missed January's "Super Blood Wolf Moon" this grand spectacle will make up for it.

You should be able to see it best once it rises at 5.11pm that evening, so here's hoping for clear skies.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky.

The moon will technically reach peak fullness Tuesday morning around 10:54 a.m., but won't be visible to Floridians at that time.

Another supermoon is set to grace the celestial stage this week, and it's the largest and brightest our natural satellite will appear all year.

Okay, it's not really bigger or brighter. The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer.

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