How to see the biggest, brightest supermoon of 2019
18 February, 2019, 10:00 | Author: Sherry Houston
This Super Snow Moon will be the biggest, brightest and closest supermoon of the year, and will be at its fullest at 10:53 a.m. EST on Tuesday morning.
"In addition, full moons during Northern Hemisphere winters tend to be brighter, because the Earth and moon are closer to the sun and because the full moon rides higher in the sky", according to NASA.
February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" as a result of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
The distance between the two celestial bodies changes due to the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth.
Unfortunately it won't be quite as colourful as last month's super wolf moon - but it's promised to still be quite the natural display, nonetheless.
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Although closer to the Earth, the February 19 supermoon will not be as colorful as last month's 'super blood Moon" eclipse that saw the Earth "s natural satellite turn a stunning shade of red.
We won't be able to see a larger moon until December 2026, so make sure you don't miss it. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky. "Some tribes also referred to this moon as the full hunger moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very hard".
File photo - An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington. For sky watchers on the east coast, the moon will rise around 5:46 p.m. Tuesday and set at about 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the U.S. If you are hoping to capture a good "supermoon" photo, catching the moonrise is your best bet.
It is the second supermoon event of the year; the first took place on 21 January. 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.
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