Super Snow Moon Lights Up the UAE Sky

Pablo Tucker
February 22, 2019

The leading astronomers have confirmed that this year February's full moon is going to be a "snow moon" as well as the 'supermoon.' They even went on to say that this is going to be this year's biggest moon. Today's moon appears bigger than 2019's two other supermoons simply because, at only 221,681 miles away, it's the closest to Earth that a full moon will get this year. It'll also look larger and more impressive as it approaches the horizon, due to an optical trick known as the "moon illusion".

Native Americans and Europeans gave February the "snow moon" title because it was the month associated with heavy snowfall, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

Easter Sunday usually lands on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon in spring, leading some to expect Easter Sunday to take place on March 24.

Another exciting fact is that this year we are going to witness back to back three months with full moons.

In January, we were treated to the super blood wolf moon, which had a remarkable red tinge. "Since you can easily view 'supermoon" events with naked eyes without any special glasses that are advised when there is solar eclipse - therefore, many people are excitedly waiting for it. But its closeness also means that, although the luminescence reflected from the sun is the same, from an earthbound perspective it can be noticeably (up to 30 percent) brighter than a regular full moon.

And if you miss this one, there will be another supermoon on March 19 - the last of three supermoons visible at the start of this year.

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