Super snow moon 2019: How to watch this year's brightest supermoon

Super snow moon 2019: How to watch this year's brightest supermoon

On February 19, the Moon will be just 356,846 km away from the Earth, in contrast, this year's farthest full moon on September 14, 2019 will be at 406,248 km away from our planet. This causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.

It happens when a full moon coincides with the moment our satellite reaches its perigee, which is the closest point of its orbit to Earth.

A term originally coined by the Native American community, the term snow moon now features in the Old Farmer's Almanac and is said to refer more generally to a full moon during cold temperatures when snow is traditionally on the ground.

The best time to get a look will be around 7.53pm when it is completely dark outside, and the earlier in the evening the better, as the higher the Moon is in the sky, the smaller it will look.

Now you might think that the time the moon rises can be precisely calculated, and, indeed, if you google the time of moonrise for your location, you will probably get a time that suggests accuracy to the minute. The moon rises around 6pm in Delhi, 6.30pm in Mumbai and 5.20pm in Kolkata, around half-an-hour ahead of the sunset at these places.

Have you seen the Supermoon yet? This is just an illusion - our brain is interpreting that the moon is closer because of its orbit and the sun's brightness reflecting off it. If you missed January's "Super Blood Wolf Moon" this grand spectacle will make up for it. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told reporters on Monday that the landing craft, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis, will ship from Florida, where, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket launch, it will commence its months-long voyage to the moon.

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The "snow" in the name is used for February's full moon each year, because in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow typically falls in February.

Perhaps ironically, our closer-than-usual view of the annual snow moon may be obscured by snow itself.

For some viewers, snow will prevent clear views of the snow moon.

2019 is predicted to see 3 consecutive supermoon's.

In any given year, between two and four full moons could be classified as supermoons.

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