The truth behind the Super Moon

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Tonight we will witness the largest full moon of 2019 with the northern hemisphere treated to what has been dubbed a full snow supermoon.

The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will occur Monday night and Tuesday night as the moon reaches perigee, or its closest point to Earth in its orbit.

"In short, the earth, sun and the moon are all in a line, with the moon at its nearest approach to earth", Nolle said in a 1979 edition of Horoscope Magazine.

Auckland, Marlborough, Wellington and Nelson were expected to be the best locations to see the moon.

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"Although there is little difference between the so-called supermoon and most other full moons, it will be visible - clouds permitting - all night Tuesday", says DU astronomy professor Robert Stencel.

She said the phenomenon is visible to the naked eye and the moon will look bigger and clearer than usual. In January, we were treated to the super blood wolf moon and while this isn't quite as exciting, the supermoon should be a attractive scene. This is due to the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of the year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Snow Moon, which is also known as the "Hunger Moon", is the name given to a supermoon that takes place in the month of February.

The biggest supermoon of the year will light up the sky on Tuesday.

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The next full moon will be on March 20, and while it is also going to be a " supermoon " it won't be quite as big as this one. While there is no strict definition, this distance can be roughly less than 360,000km from the centre of the Earth.

The Super "snow" moon arrives tonight and the skies should cooperate enough to put it on full display.

The next supermoon is set to arrive in March next year. Given that it is a Super Moon today, it is being called a Super Snow Moon.

"It is one of the few nights a year when people really notice the full moon rising". Any bro who says that they saw a significantly bigger and handsome moon is lying.

The point of true perigee is only six hours away from perfectly coinciding with the fullest version of the moon, meaning it appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. The average angular diameter of the moon -the angle covered by the lunar disc as viewed from the Earth's surface - is 31 arc minutes. You don't need any special equipments to watch the full moon.

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