Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Super Snow Moon 2019: When, Where And How To Watch Supermoon Today

Super Snow Moon 2019: When, Where And How To Watch Supermoon Today

However, this one is special: It's also a super moon, and the brightest one at that.

Now, local stargazers may feast their eyes on the biggest full moon of the year - the February "snow" moon.

"This is because the moment the Moon is at its fullest phase is closer to the time the Moon is at perigee".

Melbourne: The moon will rise at 8.11pm. It will be at its brightest point at 3:53 pm United Kingdom time.

According to the lunar calendar, Australians will be able to see the supermoon early tomorrow morning.

The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will occur Monday night and Tuesday night as the moon reaches perigee, or its closest point to Earth in its orbit.

Cousins Winzel and Cedrick Olorvida urged their other cousins to look at the skies on Tuesday night.

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The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 238,855 miles.

When can you see the supermoon? However, the moon will be more visible after it rises at 5.11pm.

"The perceived effect is much more striking than any real change in size due to the Supermoon and can make the moonrise and moonset very spectacular". The moon's orbit is not a flawless circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year.

Normally 19 February is no date to get excited for - winter's lingering, we're still having to at least pretend to hold up our health-based New Year's Resolutions and Valentine's Day has just sucked the life out of us once more. But the main thing is to have a good vantage point, such as Observatory Hill in Sydney'.

The moon will look significantly larger than normal because it will be near its closest distance to Earth during its orbit around the planet.

When the moon is low over the horizon in the east, it can be clearly seen along with earthbound points of reference, such as buildings or hills.

The supermoon happens when the moon's orbit brings it closest to the Earth (its perigee) and that coincides with the lunar cycle's full moon. The same way, there was a super Blood wolf moon in January wherein there was an eclipse, and the moon turned red in colour.

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