Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

How to see the year's biggest supermoon

How to see the year's biggest supermoon

On 19 February, skygazers in the United Kingdom will be treated to the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019, dubbed the Super Snow Moon.

Supermoons occur when the moon's orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full.

The supermoon will reach its peak Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. eastern time, but it won't be visible then.

The Snow Moon, which also goes by the names Hunger Moon and Storm Moon, has been known to humans for thousands of years. Those wishing to see the supermoon are advised to check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best view.

The February full moon is often referred to as the "snow moon" because of the heavy snow that typically falls during that month. The average distance is about 363,300 kilometers. And, because 100 percent of the moon's surface will be illuminated by the sun, it will appear 30 percent bigger and 14 percent larger than normal, according to the site.

Get ready for the biggest supermoon of the year.

Either way, it's well worth braving the cold and steeping outside for a quick look when you know there's a supermoon hanging about. For South Bend and surrounding areas, moonrise will be at roughly 5:19 p.m. ET on February 18th and 6:36 p.m. ET on February 19th. While it won't be at its fullest, you can catch the jaw-dropping sights starting on Sunday, February 17. Another supermoon will take place on March 21, as well, that event having the name "Worm Moon".

With January came the rare phenomenon that was a Super Blood Wolf Moon, and now February is set to deliver a treat in the form of another supermoon.

Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

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