In 2011, a hazy red supermoon was seen exceptionally close to the earth - within 126 miles (203km) of its closest possible approach to our planet.
Super moons appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than regular moons. Apogee is when the moon is as far from Earth as it gets, a full 405,500 kilometers from the Earth, according to NASA.
"The discrepancy of under seven hours results in the nearest Full Moon to the Earth until December 2026".
The supermoon marks a big difference from 2018, when there was no full moon in February - called a Black Moon.
The full moon - also dubbed the "Super Snow Moon" is the second of three supermoon events in the first three months of the year.
Astronomers don't like the term "supermoon", which was bestowed by an astrologer; the actual scientific name for the event is "perigee'" which means "closest to Earth". The year's brightest full moon was on January 21. In a given year, between two and four full moons can be classified as "supermoons". It's called a "Super Snow Moon".
Despite enduring myths about higher crime and hospitalisation rates, there's next to no scientific evidence to suggest a bigger, brighter Moon can affect our mood, emotions or sleep.Читайте также: Fortnite unlocked three more Overtime Challenges
Astronomers call it "perigee", and when the Moon reaches its closest distance on February 19, it would seem to be much bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon.
"It was awesome", said 7-year-old Cedrick, a second grade pupil who is interested in astronomy. The sun will set at 5.22pm, so it'll be around this time that you'll get your best look at the supermoon.
If you miss this month's supermoon, don't fret, as there is going to be another one on March 21, 2019.
Supermoon is the term given to a full moon when it reaches perigee, or its closest point to Earth during its orbit.
The full moon in February is often referred to as the snow moon because of the time of year that it occurs, as the month often sees the heaviest snowfall (although it's not looking likely here in Blighty).
Incidentally, the weather looks pretty mixed over the next few days, so it's still a lottery as to whether you'll actually see this special moon.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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