Saturday, 23 March, 2019

2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky

The Super Blood Wolf Moon rises behind One World Trade Center in New York City on January 20 GETTYThe Super Blood Wolf Moon rises behind One World Trade Center in New York City on January 20
Andrew Wong | 19 February, 2019, 03:54

Silhouette of a man pushing a child on a swing in front of a full moon in Kayseri, Turkey on August 26, 2018 - next week's Supermoon could be the year's biggest and brightest. Technically, the supermoon will reach its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET, but it won't be visible then.

Back in the day, this time of the year could turn into a pitched battle for survival for anyone who had failed to stockpile enough food for the winter.

Every once in a while, it's good to gaze up at the sky.

During such an event the moon looks to be about 14% bigger and about 30% brighter compared with when it's at the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, known as apogee. On that date, our lone natural satellite was 252,607 miles (406,532km) from Earth. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky.

It's called a supermoon when perigee coincides with the moon's full phase. Here, we explain what the supermoon is, as well as how and when to see it.

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March's supermoon will also be special. Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon as the harsh weather conditions were not suitable for hunting.

The Almanac also states that other common names for February's full moon included the Hunger Moon, Bony Moon, and Little Famine Moon, because the harsh temperatures and poor climate made hunting hard.

The first supermoon was the "Blood Wolf Super Moon" on January 21 and the third will take place on March 21.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location.

With January came the rare phenomenon that was a Super Blood Wolf Moon, and now February is set to deliver a treat in the form of another supermoon.

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