STUNNING pictures of the Super Snow Moon show it lighting up the night sky around the world.
Tonight’s spectacular display, which has been nicknamed Hunger Moon, is expected to be the biggest and brightest super moon of the year.
Getty – Contributor A man rides a snowboard at Abali ski resort in Turkey in front of the Super Moon
The Super Snow Moon is the second of three Super Moon events in the first three months of the year.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the famous mission that took humans to the Moon.
Star gazers in the UK are expected to be glued to the night sky as the lunar event makes the Moon appear larger than usual when it rises and sets.
Tonight’s Super Moon is also a Snow Moon as February is traditionally the time of year where the snow is the deepest, although the UK is currently snow-free.
But the other – much more sinister – name for the occurrence is the Hunger Moon.
This is because in less-developed times, this time of year would become a fight for survival between people who had failed to stock up on enough food for the whole winter.
Different types of moon are often decided based on old European or American words.
Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting difficult, so this Moon was also called the Hunger MoonNasa explaining how it got its nickname Hunger Moon
Nasa explained: “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published Indian names for the full Moons in the 1930s, and according to this almanac, this was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.
“Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting difficult, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon.”
It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.
The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.
Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered “super”.
Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a Supermoon occurs.
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The scientific event is fairly uncommon, as it can occur around every 14 lunar months or full moons.
Nasa added: “The term ‘Super Moon’ was introduced by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and has become popular, particularly when it refers to a brighter than usual full Moon.
“By Richard Nolle’s definition, the full Moons in January, February, and March of 2019 will be Supermoons, with the February Moon the brightest of the three.”
AP:Associated Press The Super Moon is caught between the columns of the Floesser Bridge in Frankfurt, Germany
EPA The rising Super Moon is seen above the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Getty Images – Getty A plane flies in front of the Super Moon in London
AP:Associated Press The Moon also appeared over the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Press Association The Super Moon was also spotted over Greenwich, London
Getty – Contributor The Super Moon shone brightly over the Kremlin in Moscow
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