Snow supermoon to rise over the Maritimes

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Keen stargazers across Australia are getting ready for a glimpse of the biggest and brightest full moon of the year when it lights up the sky on Tuesday night.

Supermoon, according to, is the term for when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee, or the point at which it is closest to Earth.

The moon is said to be the year's brightest with its peak at 10:53 a.m. ET according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

During the phenomenon, the effects of the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth's oceans are more pronounced.

Unfortunately, for many in the United Kingdom it was at its most visible at 5.11pm today although it had reached its closest point to Earth at 9.06am this morning.

You might also hear people calling it the snow moon.

In the northern hemisphere the February moon is known as the snow moon or the bone moon, since it occurs in the winter.

The full worm moon won't be as spectacular as either the Super Red Moon and Super Snow Moon - so make sure you don't miss out on this spectacular sight. This is just an illusion - our brain is interpreting that the moon is closer because of its orbit and the sun's brightness reflecting off it.

That occurred when a full moon came close to the Earth on its elliptic orbit - resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth.

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The super snow moon is the second of a trio of super moons 2019 will see.

For some viewers, snow will prevent clear views of the snow moon.

"But you're not going to be able to go out on the night and say 'whoa, what is going on with the moon?'". The average distance between Earth and the Moon is 238,855 miles. In comparison, March's supermoon will reach full phase about 29 hours after perigee.

That's about 50,000 km (30,000 miles) closer than it was two weeks ago, during the apogee, when it was 406,555 km (252,622 miles) from the Earth.

2019's third and final super moon is set to arrive in Ireland on March 21st.

To the naked eye, the visual increase in size compared to a non-supermoon full moon is negligible.

The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

Full moon nights are special.

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