Super Snow Moon lights up UAE sky and around the world

A super blood moon lit up the sky last month. Credit PA Images

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

The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around. This supermoon will be at its closest point to Earth tomorrow, February 19, though it will appear notably brighter and larger than usual on the days before and after, as well. There won't be another as close to the Earth until 2026. "During perigee, the distance shrinks to 3.56 lakh km and during apogee it expands to 4.05 lakh km", he explained. That's what makes it a "super moon", or "near perigee".

Just a month ago, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed a spectacular occurrence - a total lunar eclipse and a bonus Super Blood Wolf Moon, all in one. Due to a number of nuances in the interactions between the sun, Earth and moon, the distance between us and and each supermoon varies a bit.

A "super blood moon" earlier this year.

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While the moon's brightness remains dependent on Singapore's weather conditions, the moon was expected to look "slightly larger" when compared with full moons in other months or with objects on the ground nearby.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. However, when the full moon got between the cloud-patches, it clearly looked like a white bright ball to the naked eye as well as through the basic camera.

A "Super Snow Moon" will be visible over Ireland tonight, February 19, and it promises to be the brightest moon of the year.

The super snow moon is the second of three super moon's this year.

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The reason for its "snow moon" nickname is because February is associated with having heavy snowfalls according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The next Supermoon will occur on March 21, but will not be as big or bright as the February Supermoon.

An aircraft taking off is seen passing in front of full moon in December of 2017.

February's full moon is also referred to as "Snow Moon" traditionally, as this is the month where the USA sees its heavy snowfall.

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The Moon will rise over London at 5.11pm GMT tonight and will set tomorrow, February 20, at 7.50am GMT.

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