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Tomorrow's 'Super Snow Moon’ Will Be The Brightest Of 2019
Stargazers can prepare themselves for the biggest and brightest moon of the year tomorrow as a 'super snow moon' is set to light up the winter sky.
On Tuesday 19th February, the full moon will be the biggest and brightest of 2019 because the moon's orbit is set to be at its closest to the earth at around 356,800km (221,700 miles).
The beautiful moon will reach its closest point to the earth at 9.06am in the UK, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm. However, the moon will be more visible after it rises at 5.11pm.
This is the second super moon in less than a month after the 'super blood wolf moon' on 21st January.
In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's currently no snow forecast here in the UK).
This type of moon can also be called a 'hunger moon' as it traditionally comes at the end of winter when hunting was harder, making food scarce.
You will be able to see the super snow moon from with the naked eye and the forecast is looking clear for tomorrow, so chances are you will easily be able to spot it.
A super moon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest point to earth, (scientifically known as a perigee) making it appear larger than a regular full moon.
As NASA explains on its website: "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon - and that's where we get a 'super moon'."
The super snow moon is the second of three super moons this year.
The Full Worm Moon will take place on 21st March, and is expected to be the final full moon of winter, marking the start of spring.
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