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See a 'super snow moon,' the year's biggest supermoon, light up Tuesday

See a 'super snow moon,' the year's biggest supermoon, light up Tuesday

The Snow Moon, which also goes by the names Hunger Moon and Storm Moon, has been known to humans for thousands of years.

A supermoon is a phenomena that occurs when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth making it appear full, bright, and larger than life.

If you do miss out on spotting it this time around, you won't have to wait too long to see the next supermoon on March 21, which is known as the "full worm moon".

When a full moon appears at perigee, the moon looks brighter and larger than a regular moon, hence the nickname supermoon. We won't get a chance to see it, however, until around 5.11pm.

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 full moon names date back to Native Americans living in northern and eastern parts of the U.S.

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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".

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth. 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.

This will still be spectacular as the distance between the Moon and Earth will still be very close at 224,173 miles or 360,772 km.

Weather permitting, the massive astronomical spectacle should be visible for two or three days either side of Wednesday morning, with early Wednesday morning being the biggest, brightest point.

This is the second super moon in less than a month after the 'super blood wolf moon' on 21st January. Unlike January's super blood wolf moon eclipse, this supermoon will not appear blood orange in color.


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