Snow moon to appear again Tuesday evening
We can just go ahead and call 2019 the year of the moon. We experienced the total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, in January; July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which put the first humans on the surface of the moon; and now the month of February brings us the biggest-appearing moon of the year!
Not only will the super snow moon seem to be the "biggest" of 2019, but it's also the biggest and brightest that the moon will appear until 2026!
The moon garners itself the name "super" when it is at its perigee, or point that it is closest to the earth. The closer the moon is to the earth, the bigger it appears in the sky. Think of it as holding that fish closer to the camera to make look bigger for all of your friends. It's the same thing.
The name "snow moon" comes from the time of year. The February full moon is often called the snow moon because the full moon was historically associated with big snow storms during the month.
Technically, the moon was closest to Earth early Tuesday morning, but you can still catch the snow moon Tuesday evening and it won't disappoint.
Thanks to something known as the moon illusion, the moon will look its biggest as it rises off the horizon, so your best bet at a spectacular show is looking to the ENE horizon at 6:16 p.m. to watch it rise into the night sky.
We will get one more supermoon in 2019. It comes at the Vernal Equinox on March 20. It won't look quite as big as February's Snow Moon, but it will still be a spectacle nonetheless.
Just don't expect this one to get its name recognized the way the previous two have; "Worm moon" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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