Meridian viewers' super snow moon photos

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If your part of the country was under cloud, don't fret.

Sky-gazers have sent in their pictures of yesterday's super snow moon spectacular. Within 90 percent of its closest point-per the website EarthSky, that's 224,775 miles or less.

The closest point is called the perigee, and the furthest is the apogee.

The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be witnessed on Tuesday.

Supermoons also appear brighter and larger than your standard full moon.

The Full Moon Supermoon will arrive less than 4 hours after the arrival of the March 20th equinox.

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In the northern hemisphere, it was referred to as the "snow moon", a name invented by Native Americans and Europeans because February is the month associated with heavy snowfall.

A Worm Moon is simply a term for a Full Moon that lands in March.

It has a number of other nicknames from other cultures, like the Crow Moon - because the cawing of crows that signal the end of winter - and the Lenten Moon, because it happens around the season of Lent.

Technically, the supermoon will reach its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET, but it won't be visible then.

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Nevertheless, last night was a treat for those who trained their scopes on sky-ward.

Maximum people enjoy watching the night sky.

"That's when you get to see it coming on the horizon and the visual effects of it appearing to be bigger look the best", he said. This occurs when everyday objects like trees and buildings are near the moon, and our minds trick us into thinking the moon is closer because of its proximity to the objects in our line of sight.

"The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn't take away from the experience".

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