The Super Snow Moon will light up the skies on February 19

February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" because of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

This Super Snow Moon will be the biggest, brightest and closest supermoon of the year, and will be at its fullest at 10:53 a.m. EST on Tuesday morning.

A super moon is what takes place when the Moon is near its closest approach to Earth (its perigee, for those interested in the jargon).

There's a supersized Supermoon coming, and it could the biggest and brightest we see this year. And, because 100 percent of the moon's surface will be illuminated by the sun, it will appear 30 percent bigger and 14 percent larger than normal, according to the site. This is the second supermoon of 2019, after the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred on January 20.

"The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup", it explains.


"The peak fullness is at 2.53am, but really, when people want to see the bright full moon is when it's rising", he said.

The full moon names date back to Native Americans living in northern and eastern parts of the U.S. If you're planning to use a smartphone to photograph the moon, you can do it on Monday night as well as at moonrise (around 6 pm) on Tuesday. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

Either way, it's well worth braving the cold and steeping outside for a quick look when you know there's a supermoon hanging about. So, brace yourselves for this stunning spectacle, because every full moon after this would just be further away from our planet.

If you do miss out on spotting it this time around, you won't have to wait too long to see the next supermoon on March 21, which is known as the "full worm moon".

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.

  • Valerie Cook