Yesterday evening the Moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual prompting the shutterbugs aiming towards the sky!
Astronomers said it was a Super Moon when it had moved into the closet position to the Earth during its orbit.
February’s full moon was the biggest “Super Moon” of the year.
Super Moon is a term used with a full moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth.
“The reason why the moon appeared nearly 14% bigger and 30% brighter was its proximity to the earth,” said Debiprosad Durai, director of MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research at MP.
“The moon, during its elliptical orbit around the earth, is closest at some point of time and farthest at other.When it is closest to the earth, it is called Perigee while it is called Apogee when it is at the farthest”, Durai said.
After January’s Super Blood Moon, the Super Moon in February was christened Super Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.
Snow Moon is a term coined for the Super Moon in February by Native Americans and Europeans as the month is associated with heavy snowfall.
The Hunger Moon name comes from the lack or limited availability of Food during winter.