Look to the night sky on February 19 to see the biggest moon of the year.
Fresh off the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse last month, we'll be treated to yet another cool astronomical wonder. The Snow Moon, named so because of the heavy snowfall in February, will make its appearance on February 19. It will be the largest supermoon of the whole year, so it's a must-see!
A supermoon occurs when the Earth is closest to the moon's perigee, which is the closest point of its orbit to Earth. This results in a huge-appearing moon hanging in the sky to dazzle us all, looking about 16 percent brighter than an average full moon, as well. This supermoon features a perigee that is 221,681 miles from Earth!
This supermoon is the second of three that will occur in 2019. The first was the Super Blood Wolf Moon in January, and the other will occur on March 21. There are also a ton of other amazing astronomy events this year, including meteor showers, a rare Mercury movement, and much more!
The Snow Moon is also known as the Hunger Moon due to the lack of food this time of year or the Storm Moon (better names than March's Worm Moon or Chaste Moon).
The best viewing of a supermoon is just after moonrise when the moon is closer to the horizon. That's because when the full moon is low, it looks bigger and brighter than when it travels higher in the sky. This is also the time to get some amazing pictures of the moon, as the conditions are perfect. Supermoons are brighter than most, so that can be harder to take a picture of, but keeping your camera stable with a tripod, using a low ISO, and setting a medium aperture in DSLR cameras will likely yield your best results.
What do you think? Did you see the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse in January? Will you be checking out the Snow Moon? Let us know in the comments below.