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How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season (NOAA long-term monthly averages for the Washington, DC area show January and February almost tied as the snowiest months of the year).

You will be able to see the super snow moon from with the naked eye and the forecast is looking clear for tomorrow, so chances are you will easily be able to spot it.

Attention US-based skywatchers! February 19 will be the ideal day to gaze upon the Earth's lunar satellite, thanks to a not-so-little thing called the Snow Supermoon.

According to Mentalfloss, this time the moon will be as close as it ever gets to earth, making it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than at any other time.

When it comes to the science behind the cosmic phenomenon, according to NASA, a super moon unfolds when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full.

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The third and last supermoon of the year can be seen on 21 March. Naval Observatory. The Moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as "the moon illusion". It's being called the "super snow moon".

The Cherokee referred to it as the "Bone Moon" as it was the time of the year when food was so scarce that people nibbled on bones and drank bone marrow soup.

A super snow moon visible over Berlin, Germany.

The full moon names date back to Native Americans living in northern and eastern parts of the U.S. The event will officially occur in the morning, but when the moon crosses the night sky - it will be brighter than it will at any point of the year, or even until 2026, according to Forbes.

Incidentally, the weather looks pretty mixed over the next few days, so it's still a lottery as to whether you'll actually see this special moon. So, brace yourselves for this stunning spectacle, because every full moon after this would just be further away from our planet. As a result the eclipse looks more like a "ring of fire", with a thicker ring of light visible in comparison to a total solar eclipse.


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