Super snow moon, the biggest supermoon of the year, on February 19 is a lunar spectacle you cannot miss
The biggest, brightest supermoon of 2019, now being called “Super Snow Moon” will be visible to Earthlings on Tuesday and it is going to be a lunar spectacle.
If you are interested in outer space, and are intrigued by the stars, planets, and the moons, February 19 is a date you need mark in your calendar. The biggest, brightest supermoon of 2019, now being called “Super Snow Moon” will be visible to Earthlings on Tuesday and it is going to be one hell of a lunar spectacle.
NASA explains Supermoon - a term that was coined in 1979 - as the event that occurs when the "moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full." One among the three supermoons to occur this year, February’s full moon peaks at 10:53 am EST on the said day, but it will appear full the night before and after as well.
This particular full moon, which will be 221,734 miles away from Earth, is reportedly going to be the “nearest, largest, and brightest full Moon of the year.”
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"The moon isn’t actually bigger, it just looks like it. This perceived increase in size happens whenever you see the moon, regardless of its phase, near the horizon," Dean Regas, astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, explains to USA Today.
Traditionally, the Moon is called Snow Moon in February due to the typically heavy snowfall of the month, and this coinage dates back to the Native Americans who lived in the northern and eastern US. "The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon," the almanac said. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Reportedly, some tribes also referred to February's moon as the "hunger" moon, because of the harsh weather conditions of the period that made hunting difficult.
Super moon? Snow Moon? Full moon? Whatever you call it, a lunar spectacle is coming soon pic.twitter.com/sXPCZfBbAB— Ruth V. Abe (@Ruth_v_abe) February 15, 2019
Space.com explains, "when the Snow Moon becomes officially full on Feb. 19 at 10:53 am EST, it will be about six hours past perigee. The moon will be at its closest at 4:07 am EST (0907 GMT) on Feb. 19. Although the moon is officially "super" on Feb. 19, it will still look pretty full (and super!) to the casual observer the night before and after."
Even though it may not be quite as spectacular as this one, if you miss the supermoon on Tuesday, there will be another one on March 21. This wil be the third and final supermoon of the year, and will reach full phase on March 20 at 9:43 pm EST.