Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

The Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse in Antwerp Belgium Monday Jan. 21 2019. The eclipse takes place when the full moon is at or near the closest point in its orbit to Earth a time popularly known as a supermoon. This means the Moon is deeper inside the

Super Snow Moon 2019: When to see February’s supermoon

19, the world will witness the biggest full moon of 2019.

The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 238,855 miles.

It should be obvious why a February full moon is traditionally called a "snow moon" in the United States.

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". And, hey, it's the second to the last one for the year, so enjoy.

A full moon being hailed as a "super snow moon" is sure to get spectators howling when it hovers in the sky on Tuesday night - because it will feature the biggest and brightest moon of the year. Starting Monday night, the full moon will brighten skies. The point in its orbit when the moon is farthest from Earth is known as the apogee, and appears to be smaller in the sky.

Back in the day, this time of the year could turn into a pitched battle for survival for anyone who had failed to stockpile enough food for the winter.

The Super Snow Moon, as it's been nicknamed, gets its name from the month of February, which is generally the heaviest time for snowfall in the world. Unlike January's super blood wolf moon eclipse, this supermoon will not appear blood orange in color.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. According to the website Time and Date, moonset in Eureka will occur at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday - with the full moon reached at 7: 53 a.m. - and rise at 6:17 p.m.

When can you see the supermoon?

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location. When this coincides with a full moon, it is known as a micromoon.

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