Super Snow Moon Tonight Is the Biggest Full Moon of 2019

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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. It can increase up to about 30 percent because the moon is closer to the Earth, according to NASA. It will appear about 10 percent larger than an average full moon on account of being relatively close to Earth, just 221,681 miles (356,761 kilometers) away. "During perigee, the distance shrinks to 3.56 lakh km and during apogee it expands to 4.05 lakh km", he explained. It will reach full phase about 29 hours after the moon reaches perigee.

Some residents here gathered to watch the rise of February's full moon, the largest and brightest supermoon of 2019. According to timeanddate.com, it was also named as the Hunger Moon due to the scarce food sources and hard hunting conditions during mid-winter by some North American tribes.

Interestingly, the technical term for a supermoon is known as "perigee syzygy" of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.

What is the super snow moon? Nevertheless, the moon will appear particularly large and radiant, and therefore it is still likely to illuminate the surrounding area.

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Tonight's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year. On these evenings, visitors can catch telescopic views of the moon, stars and more through Chamberlin's historic, 28-foot long, 20-inch-aperture Alvan Clark-Saegmuller refracting telescope.

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. The origin of the name is about what you'd expect: February is typically a month with ample snow in many places, hence the name that became associated with its super moon.

Apart from all the scientific facts, there is also an abundance of weather folklore about the moon, be it the shape, color or its position in the sky.

January's supermoon was a popular talking point because of its visual similarities to that of a total lunar eclipse, which turned the moon an eerie shade of red.

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