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Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

Skygazers will be treated to the "super snow moon", on February 19, the largest supermoon of 2019.

A "super moon" occurs when the moon is at its closest to the Earth, resulting in it having a clearer and larger appearance. Native American tribes began calling this month's phenomenon the "Full Snow Moon", according to the Almanac.

Combine these two phrases and you have the Super Snow Moon which is set to reach peak fullness over Ireland at around 3:53pm GMT tomorrow.

However, cloudy skies across parts of the country threaten to make Tuesday night's supermoon hard to see for some.

"I think 15 to 20 years ago no-one really cared but I think one time, the story popped up and people liked it and people like to go see it", he said. Another supermoon will take place on March 21, as well, that event having the name "Worm Moon".

Cloud cover should be sparse enough across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Monday evening and night to allow us to see the supermoon. The Moon could appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, so get your phones out for the spectacular photos.

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During last month's blood moon we also bore witness to a Supermoon but this month the moon is ever so slightly closer to the earth.

This happens when the moon is close to the horizon and there are objects such as trees or buildings within our line of sight, NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams explains.

Why is it called the snow moon?

"But the moon energy is still potent and powerful", said Snow Owl, who's waiting for the seven Fridays before the Holy Week in April for the annual "tang-alap", or "the gathering of herbs". So, brace yourselves for this stunning spectacle, because every full moon after this would just be further away from our planet.

The supermoon will coincide with the annual Lantern Festival - or Chap Goh Meh - which marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations.