The 'Super Snow Moon' makes an appearance over Cleveland


Just what is a snow moon? If you happen to miss it this time, the next time that the Moon will be so close to Earth, and have a full moon will be on December 24, 2026! In fact, the moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the smallest moon in September.

That's because this distance is about 362 miles closer than the supermoon that we saw on January 21, according to Adams.

The full moon on February 19, 2019, counts as the most "super" of these full supermoons because it's the full moon that most closely aligns with perigee - the moon's closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

He said he stayed past 9pm to admire the moon set against the changing colour of the sky, while sipping some wine.

Astronomers said the rock is approximately 150 miles closer to Earth than it has been for nearly 30 years.

However, one would need to have a remarkably trained eye to notice the difference between each supermoon.

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Geologists in Japan believe a supermoon caused a powerful natural disaster in New Zealand in 2016.

The moon will look significantly larger than normal because it will be near its closest distance to Earth during its orbit around the planet. Other names include mid-winter moon, ice moon and storm moon.

The astronomical event is also known as "Super Snow Moon" as the get closest to the Earth to appear bigger and brighter. But it included a total lunar eclipse visible in all of North and South America. February's full moon is going to be the biggest Super Moon of the year. The snowfall averages for the Washington DC area for January and February are almost tied as the snowiest months of the year.

A full moon on Tuesday, February 19 - also called the "snow moon" - will be the brightest of 2019.

So tonight might not exactly live up to the hype, but Dr Tucker says if you want to check out the supermoon the best time would be just after sunset because "that's when it's at it's fullest".

When Can We See the 'Snow Moon?'

The moon will be at its closest at 4:07 am EST (0907 GMT) on this day.