Super Snow Moon on display through Tuesday morning

Pablo Tucker
February 21, 2019

As NASA explains on its website: "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon - and that's where we get a "super moon". The supermoon occurring in the month of February is called a snow moon also.

A forecast of clear skies and relatively warm weather holds the promise of good viewing in Bulgaria of the February 19 2019 Super Moon, the largest this year.

You will have an opportunity to check out February's Full Moon through Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, social media users from across the world also shared their view of the supermoon, with sightings in Thailand and Japan, among others. This will be the biggest and brightest moon of 2019. While the moon wasn't actually any bigger than it usually is when it's full, it was a bit closer than usual to Earth, giving the illusion that it actually is bigger.

If you really want to be wowed, your best bet is to check out the full moon when it rises in the east as the sun is setting in the west.

But a Supermoon only occurs when the Moon is fully lit up by the Sun, or when it is completely shrouded - the so-called New Moon.

"This is because the moment the Moon is at its fullest phase is closer to the time the Moon is at perigee". Given that it is a Super Moon today, it is being called a Super Snow Moon.

The Super Snow Moon is the second of three Super Moons we will get to see this year, the third of which will occur on March 21, 2019.

An aircraft taking off is seen passing in front of full moon in December of 2017.

At about midnight Tuesday, astronomers expect the moon to be about 221,700 miles above us.

February's full moon reached its peak at 10:54 a.m. The March moon is called a Worm Moon, so the next month's Super Moon will be dubbed Super Worm Moon.

Clouds should be sparse enough to allow most of Michiana and surrounding locations like Chicago, Champaign, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, and Kalamazoo to see the supermoon.

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