Biggest supermoon of 2019 to shine on Chinese Lantern Festival

A Super Blood Moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse in Los Angeles California
A Super Blood Moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse in Los Angeles California
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18 February, 2019

February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" as a result of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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.

Astronomers call it "perigee", and when the Moon reaches its closest distance on February 19, it would seem to be much bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon.

A supermoon takes place when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closest to Earth.

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. This is the second supermoon of 2019, after the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred on January 20.

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Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. A fun fact that you'd like to know is that the different tribes have their own names for February's moon.

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.

The moon will technically reach peak fullness next Tuesday morning, February 19, 2019, at 10:54 a.m. EST, but won't be visible to most in the U.S.at that time. The sun will set at 5.22pm, so it'll be around this time that you'll get your best look at the supermoon. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon. After tomorrow's Full Moon, one more Supermoon will peak on the night of March 21.

File photo - An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington.

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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