The truth behind the Super Moon

The truth behind the Super Moon

The truth behind the Super Moon

February's moon has also been called the "Bone Moon" or "Hunger Moon" due to the lack of food available in the winter, added "Old Farmer's Almanac", a reference book containing weather forecasts, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles. A Super Moon can be seen in the Netherlands three to four times a year. The origin of the name is about what you'd expect: February is typically a month with ample snow in many places, hence the name that became associated with its super moon.

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The supermoon will reach its peak Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m., but it won't be visible to our area then.

Supermoons occur when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth at the same time that it is full.

"This is because the moment the Moon is at its fullest phase is closer to the time the Moon is at perigee".

On display in the night sky will be a super full moon on Tuesday, bigger and brighter than you can hope to see in the next seven years.

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.

Snow Moon is a name given to February moon by Native Americans and Europeans as it is a month associated with heavy snowfall. And if you miss this one, there will be another supermoon in March.

The best time to get a look will be around 7.53pm when it is completely dark outside, and the earlier in the evening the better, as the higher the Moon is in the sky, the smaller it will look.

"The moon will look extremely large when it rises and sets".

The moon's closest approach will bring it within 356,761 kilometers (221,681 miles) of the Earth, otherwise known as perigee. On these evenings, visitors can catch telescopic views of the moon, stars and more through Chamberlin's historic, 28-foot long, 20-inch-aperture Alvan Clark-Saegmuller refracting telescope.

This year's first supermoon occurred on January 21, and there is another one happening on March 31.

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