A "super snow moon" - the brightest moon of the year - will be visible in the sky this week 3 years ago

A "super snow moon" - the brightest moon of the year - will be visible in the sky this week

Whoever names these moons sure has a real creative streak.

Earlier this year, a super wolf blood moon appeared in the sky over Ireland — though, for many, it was obscured by cloud cover.

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Tomorrow (19 February), Ireland will play witness to a super snow moon, which is slated to be the brightest moon of 2019.

A super moon is what takes place when the Moon is near its closest approach to Earth (its perigee, for those interested in the jargon). A snow moon is simply the name of the February full moon, which this year just so happens to be a super moon. Hence, super snow moon.

The moon is set to reach peak fullness above Ireland at 3.53pm, at which point it probably won't really be visible, but if the sky is clear at moonrise later in the evening, then stargazers might be treated to quite a sight. It is expected to be the brightest moon of its kind until 2026.

The super snow moon is the second of three super moons expected in 2019, with the third to come on 21 March. That one is going to be called a full worm moon, which sounds significantly less cool than the previous two.

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