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Look Up: The Super Snow Moon Peaks Tuesday morning



The second installment of this winter's three supermost trio, sometimes referred to as Super Snow Moon will reach its peak today (February 19). So do not forget to step outside and check this evening. [19659002] The full moon technically appears at 10:53 EST (1553 GMT), but do not despair when the morning light washes out the moon at that time: For the untrained eye it will look full tonight , In fact, today's full moon of the three "Supermoons" starting in 2019 will be the biggest of the year.

And it will be a particularly beautiful sight, as the moon lies on perigee just hours before the full moon, hence the moniker " supermoon ". It appears about 1

0 percent larger than an average full moon because it is relatively close to the earth and only 356,761 kilometers (221,681 miles) away. What the Supermoon looks like (infographic) ]

A so-called super moon appears a fraction larger than a typical full moon.

[Image: © NASA / Goddard / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter]

We humans enjoy the full moon because the entire near side, half of the moon facing us, is bathed in sunlight. But of course that means that the opposite side of the moon experiences the other side their night – and on the moon that lasts about two weeks on earth.

During Moonlight on the other side, Temperatures can fall as low as minus 310 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 190 degrees Celsius), such as the Chinese Chang & # 4; e-4 and the Yutu-2 Rover 3.

Both robots completed each night to wait for the cold. So when you look up to the full moon, you do not have to imagine the direct side of the moon, and the two machines work hard to solve their mysteries .

Editor's Note: If you want to take a stunning full moon photo in February and share it with Space.com for a story or gallery, send pictures and comments to spacephotos@space.com.

Send an e-mail to Meghan Bartels at mbartels@space.com or follow her @meghanbartels . Follow us on Twitter @SpaceTotcom and on Facebook .


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