The first supermoon of the decade will rise over the skies of the UK on Sunday, offering the brightest and largest view of the moon in almost a year.
It will be the first of four supermoons set to take place in , and the first to occur since March last year . They happen when the full moon is at its closest point in its orbit of Earth, making it seem bigger and brighter than usual.
Weather permitting, people around the world will witness the spectacle on 9 February, with the exact moment where the effect appears strongest happening at 7. am GMT. The moon will appear full for around three days, spanning from Saturday to Monday.
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The time of year means this full moon has traditionally been known as the Full Snow Moon or the Full Hunger Moon, as it often coincided with heavy snowfall and difficult hunting conditions.
The arrival of Storm Ciara may affect viewing conditions for people in the UK, with the Met Office forecasting cloud and rain across most of the country on Sunday morning.
Fortunately, it will not be long to wait until the next supermoon. Just one moon cycle separates Sunday’s event from the Full Crow Moon on 9 March, while April and May host the remaining supermoons of the year.
Astronomers advise photographers and sky gazers to download apps and maps to track the progress of the moon across the sky in order to make sightings easier.
One of the best times to view the moon is when it is close to the horizon, due to an optical illusion that makes it appear even larger due to its relative size compared to buildings, trees and statues in the distance.
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