Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Biggest, brightest supermoon of the year will be visible Monday night

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
Derrick Tucker | 18 February, 2019, 20:38

Silhouette of a man pushing a child on a swing in front of a full moon in Kayseri, Turkey on August 26, 2018 - next week's Supermoon could be the year's biggest and brightest. However, the supermoon will be "slightly smaller" than the one on 19 February.

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

In other parts of the world, the Full Moon will also peak at a different time, so check your local lunar calendar before you head out to see the Supermoon.

While the upcoming "super snow moon" won't be the extravagant astronomical spectacle that January's "super blood wolf moon eclipse" was, it will be larger and brighter, and definitely command attention in the sky. It's predicted to be the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019.

It coincides with the moon being at its perigee, a point in the moon's orbit when its closest to earth, creating a Supermoon.

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On February 19, the Earth-Moon distance will be about 356,800 kilometers, making the moon 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter compared to its appearance at its average distance from Earth, said expert from the Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

It happens when the moon's orbit brings it closest to the Earth (its perigee) and that coincides with the lunar cycle's full moon. The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer. However, the moon will be more visible after it rises at 5.11pm. You can watch a livestream of the event, which starts at 7 p.m. ET on February 19, below.

It is the second supermoon event of the year; the first took place on 21 January.

Though the moon is officially fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday to Tuesday evening.

A super blood moon lit up the sky last month.

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