How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

We might see surreal sights like the Geminid meteor shower, sundogs or even a Super Snow Moon.

The biggest and brightest moon of 2019 is coming to the sky in February and it's worth stepping outside for. Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated astrological occasion.

What is the super snow moon?

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.

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.

The distance between the two celestial bodies changes due to the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth.


The "snow" part of the name for the year's biggest moon dates back to ancient times and has to do with the weather. According to the Old Farmers' Almanac, people across the world used the moon to track the seasons. Full moon names in the US come from Native American tribes who gave different distinctive names to each month's recurring moon based on environmental cues. Eastern time and set at 7:35 a.m. February 20.

When is the next full moon?

If you're up late enough Monday night, take a peek at the moon. The moon's orbit is not a ideal circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year.

But fret not, because this month's full moon - set to hit its peak Tuesday - is expected to be the brightest of the year, making it the second super moon in a row after the "super blood wolf moon" on 21 January.

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.

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