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Year’s biggest supermoon on Tuesday

February 18, 2019 at 10:50am
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Sky gazers can look forward to the biggest supermoon of the year on Tuesday, February 19 at 17:53 Cyprus time.

Tuesday’s full moon will also be the third largest full moon of the next 10 years.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is as close as it ever gets to Earth.

The moon’s average distance from Earth is 384,400 km, but its orbit isn’t perfectly circular, so that distance varies a small amount.

When the moon reaches its closest perigee of the year on Tuesday it will be 356,761 km away from Earth.

This makes the moon appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

Known also as a ‘snow moon’ it comes weeks after the Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 20-21 which coincided with a total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon.”

The third and final supermoon of the year — known as Worm Moon — is on March 21 and coincides with the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Monday’s “Blood Wolf Moon” as seen from Cyprus (pictures)