February’s full moon will be the brightest Super Moon of 2019
The year’s biggest super moon is here!
February’s full moon, known as a Super Snow Moon, will be the brightest of 2019. The moon will be at its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET. However, because the moon won’t be visible in the mid-morning, Monday and Tuesday nights are the best times to see it, according to CNN.com.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains the word “super” is used to designate when the full or new moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. However, according to the Almanac, most people won’t be able to spot the difference between super moons and typical full moons.
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. Native American tribes began calling this month’s phenomenon the “Full Snow Moon,” according to the Almanac.
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The Almanac also states that other common names for February’s full moon included the Hunger Moon, Bony Moon, and Little Famine Moon, because the harsh temperatures and poor climate made hunting difficult.
January brought us a Super Blood Wolf Moon, which is when a lunar eclipse occurs during a super moon in the first month of the year. And while this one won’t likely be as shocking to see, because the moon won’t change color, it’s sure to be a beautiful site if the sky is clear.