February's closest supermoon of 2019 to light up the sky

20 February, 2019, 05:53 | Author: Emmett Howard
  • A Super Blood Moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse in Los Angeles California

This is a popularised term for what astronomers call a "perigean" full moon. It's a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon.

On Tuesday, skygazers will be treated to a "super snow moon", so-called because February traditionally sees more snow than any other month.

"When a full moon appears at perigee (closest point in its orbit around Earth), it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon-and that's where we get a supermoon". When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky.

This refers to when a full moon coincides with the Moon being the closest to Earth.

Last year the month of February had no full moon at all, but this year's February-full moon will be the biggest of the year. It was particularly special because it marks the closest the moon will be to Earth for the next seven years.

When can people see the super snow moon?

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The super moon will reach its full peak on February 19, 2019, at 10:54 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) or around 9:30 pm IST (Indian Standard Time).

Fox News reported that the moon will rise at 5:46 p.m. Those wishing to see the supermoon are advised to check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best view.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

'The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon.

February 19's full moon is the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. 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. The last supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse that happened after sunset on January 20.

December 26: The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day) there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Eastern Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.

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