Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Science | By Celia Watts

Tomorrow's 'Super Snow Moon’ Will Be The Brightest Of 2019

Tomorrow's 'Super Snow Moon’ Will Be The Brightest Of 2019

It will also look huge because of how close it is to Earth. 19 supermoon has been dubbed the "super snow moon". The moon's orbit is not a flawless circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year.

When can people see the super snow moon?

What is Super Snow Moon?

It is the second supermoon of the year and will be the biggest and brightest.

Starting tonight, sky-gazers will get a change to see the brightest moon of 2019, one called the "super snow moon".

Or, ya know, just take a peek out the window before you go to bed on Monday night.

The "snow" in the name is used for February's full moon each year, because in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow typically falls in February. The moon will be at its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET.

A "super moon" occurs when the moon is at its closest to the Earth, resulting in it having a clearer and larger appearance.

A supermoon happens a handful of times a year, but it's not always at its closest point to the earth. And, because 100 percent of the moon's surface will be illuminated by the sun, it will appear 30 percent bigger and 14 percent larger than normal, according to the site.

As an amateur astronomer, you can field comments and questions from family, friends, co-workers, and others regarding the supermoon in one of two ways.

The moon will appear even bigger at the horizon, but don't be fooled by the optical illusion.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. When this coincides with a full moon, it is known as a micromoon.

July 16: A partial lunar eclipse will be visible to people in much of Europe, Asia, and in regions of North and South America as well.

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