You may recall in January we had the spectacle of the "super blood wolf moon" in which a lunar eclipse or "blood moon" coincided with a supermoon and the first full moon of the calendar year, traditionally called the wolf moon.
"The event, occasionally called a Supermoon, will appear up to 16 percent brighter than the average value, although this relative brilliance is hard to detect, particularly as both January and March's Full Moons are also occurring close to lunar perigee".
The supermoon will reach its peak Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m., but it won't be visible to our area then. Unfortunately, residents will have a hard time seeing the moon at that time.
You should be able to see it best once it rises at 5.11pm that evening, so here's hoping for clear skies.
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During such an event the moon looks to be about 14% bigger and about 30% brighter compared with when it's at the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, known as apogee.
Although closer to the Earth, the February 19 supermoon will not be as colorful as last month's 'super blood Moon" eclipse that saw the Earth "s natural satellite turn a stunning shade of red. Naval Observatory. The Moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as "the moon illusion".
The year's biggest super moon is here! Hence, super snow moon.
A full moon occurs every month when we can see the moon in its entirety.
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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.
The supermoon marks a big difference from 2018, when there was no full moon in February - called a Black Moon.
The alternative name, Hunger Moon, refers to the general difficulty in acquiring food in the middle of winter, at least before modern roads and supermarkets existed.
February's Full Moon rises early on Wednesday February 20.
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