Super Snow Moon 2019: India timings, date and what does it mean


The biggest and brightest full moon of the year is coming to a sky near you on Tuesday. Hence, super snow moon.

Here's what to know about the upcoming "super snow moon" - and what the best time is to see it.

It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019.

In general the supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon. Although the moon appears full for a few to several nights in succession, the moon is only truly full for a fleeting instant - when the moon lies 180 degrees opposite the sun, from the vantage point of Earth.

It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season (NOAA long-term monthly averages for the Washington, DC area show January and February almost tied as the snowiest months of the year).

The moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as "the moon illusion".

Others called it the Storm Moon or Chaste Moon.

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When can people see the super snow moon?

The supermoon will emerge on February 19 and will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019.

The moon is more than 150 miles closer to Earth than it has been since 1990, closer than the 221,524 miles reached in 2016.

'The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. This occurs once every 19 years, and it's because January and March each have two full moons. Recently, stargazers have also been using nicknames from The Farmer's Almanac to describe each month's full moons.

According to WOOD, the first supermoon of 2019 also had a lunar eclipse that happened on January 21.

December 26: The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day) there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Eastern Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. As a result the eclipse looks more like a "ring of fire", with a thicker ring of light visible in comparison to a total solar eclipse.