'Super Snow Moon' wows stargazers around the world

Mail Online | 2/20/2019 | Victoria Bell;Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Stargazers across the world were treated to a stunning second showing of the 'Super Snow Moon' on Tuesday night.

The name refers to the fact that its appearance often coincides with with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac reference book.

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The lunar marvel was expected to be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019 due to the almost exact overlap of the moon's perigee - its closest point to Earth - and when it is at its fullest in the 28-day lunar cycle.

The point of true perigee is when the moon perfectly coincides with the fullest version of the moon, meaning it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal.

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After setting on Tuesday morning from its debut Monday night, the Super Snow Moon became visible again overnight.

The super snow moon is the second of three supermoon events in the first three months of the year, which coincidentally marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that the first man walked on the moon.

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'The February 2019 supermoon is special because it will be the largest full moon gracing our night skies until 2026,' said Emily Drabek-Maunder,...
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