Rejoice sky gazers, the next full moon is set to be a stunning one.
According to NASA, the biggest and brightest supermoon in seven years is coming, and it is called the super snow moon.
This ‘rare’ event will take place on Tuesday, February 19, and while it won’t be as spectacular as the super blood wolf moon eclipse that took place in January of this year, it will be an even worth seeing as the phenomenon will see the moon become much larger and brighter than during the super blood wolf moon eclipse.
But if that wasn’t cool enough, we will be treated to more such stunning views of the moon in 2019, as the subsequent full moon (in March) will also be a “supermoon.”
This means that 2019 will treat us with a total of three “supermoons.”
Cool, but what exactly is a super snow moon?
Will it snow? Well, it might, but not because of the moon.
A supermoon is referred to a moon that happens to be full and is at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is located closet to Earth.
When these two phenomena occur, the moon seems to be larger and brighter in the sky.
Since the orbit of Earth’s natural satellite is not a perfect circle, because of the gravitational tug and pull war from Earth and the sun, the distance of the moon varies throughout the year.
The term snow moon can be traced back to Native American tribes.
Snow moon is a historic name given to the ‘second full moon‘ of winter by a number of tribes across the U.S., as explained by NASA.
They used to call it snow moon because of the typical snowfall that would take place during this time of years.
Interestingly, since heavy snowfall is associated to this cosmic phenomenon (because of the time of year), the moon also receives an alternative (perhaps more terrifying name): the ‘hunger moon.’
For those who are interested in getting your telescopes ready and observing the super snow moon, here are the details:
According to NASA, the moon will reach its fullness on Tuesday Morning, February 19 at 10:54 a.m. EST. Regrettably, it won’t be visible to most in the U.S. at that time.
But fear not, you will have a chance to observe the stunning cosmic phenomenon by waiting until moonrise, expected to take place between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. local time. You can check the precise time by visiting this website here.
For people who will want to take a few images of this stunning phenomenon, getting your cameras ready during moonrise is your best bet.
This is due to an optical illusion where our moon will seem larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.
But if for some reason you aren’t able to observe this stunning phenomenon, the next full moon will take place on March 20.
However, the cosmic event in March won’t be as stunning as the one in February as the moon won’t be that large.