Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Watch Livestream of the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

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Kristine Garrett | 21 February, 2019, 14:54

This supermoon occurs during a full moon as it is expected to be the closest in its orbit to Earth.

EarthSky explains that all of these full moons are less than 362,000 km distant as measured from the centers of the Earth and moon.

The snow moon title was given as it was a month where heavy snowfall was observed in Europe and Native America.

The last supermoon took place on January 21, and the last for 2019 will happen on March 21.

Since it's closer to the Earth's surface, it appears huge and, therefore, brighter because less light is being scattered. "Following this, on March 21st, the 'worm moon" will reach its full phase about 29 hours after the moon reaches perigee.

So far, enthusiasts have captured images in India, with striking images of people enjoying the evening's moon at Marina Beach in Chennai.

The moon will look significantly larger than normal because it will be near its closest distance to Earth during its orbit around the planet.

So what's so special about a super moon? Other names of the February moon are storm moon, ice moon or bone.

Full moon nights bring out the romantic even in the most cynical of our lot. When the moon is close to the lunar nodes of its path during a syzygy, it causes a total solar eclipse or a total lunar eclipse.

So tonight might not exactly live up to the hype, but Dr Tucker says if you want to check out the supermoon the best time would be just after sunset because "that's when it's at it's fullest". Tuesday's moon will be 17,000 miles closer than average.

When Can We See the 'Snow Moon?'

Head here for a detailed breakdown of the best times to catch a glimpse but, well, you, know, maybe look up in the sky at 'that big pizza pie'.

A plane flies in the sky in front of the largest Supermoon of 2019 on February 19, 2019 in London, England.

For sky watchers in New York City, the snow moon will rise on February 19th at 5:46 pm, and set the next morning at 7:35 am, local time.

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