A Super Snow Moon Is Almost Here, so Set Your Alarms

A Super Snow Moon Is Almost Here, so Set Your Alarms

A Super Snow Moon Is Almost Here, so Set Your Alarms

The supermoon will emerge on February 19 and will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019.

A Supermoon is a full moon or new moon that occurs with perigee, which is the moon's closest approach to the earth within its orbit.

It takes place when the moon's orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while at the same time bathed in sunlight, giving the rock its bright appearance.

This type of moon can also be called a "hunger moon" as it traditionally comes at the end of winter when hunting was harder, making food scarce. Those wishing to see the supermoon are advised to check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best view.

The moon reaches perigee, its closest point to Earth, on Tuesday. On that date, our lone natural satellite was 252,607 miles (406,532km) from Earth. The moon's diameter will appear to be about 14 percent greater than an average full moon, while its brightness is expected to be near 30 percent more than usual.

It is the closest, biggest and brightest moon of the year.

Online astronomy site EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to supermoons as perigean full moons - a term that simply refers to the moon being "near earth". The sun will set at 5.22pm, so it'll be around this time that you'll get your best look at the supermoon.

Another supermoon will arrive this week following the celestial event late last month.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. And while you will have to settle for normal-sized full moons for the rest of the year, there are still a few more moon-related astronomical events to look out for this year.

If you miss this month's supermoon, don't fret, as there is going to be another one on March 21, 2019. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

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