Missed the chance to see the “super blood wolf moon” last January 21? Don’t worry because the “super snow moon” will lighten up the skies on Tuesday, February 19.
Although it’s not as extravagant as the “super blood wolf moon eclipse,” the “super snow moon” will be larger and brighter.
If you’re not familiar with the “super moon,” it is a phenomena that occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth making it appear full, bright, and larger. In this case, the orbit of the moon on February 19 will be at its closest to the Earth at 356,800km (221,700 miles).
According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it’s called as the snow moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.
“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 nearly tied as the snowiest months of the year). Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting difficult, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon,” it wrote in the NASA Science Earth’s Moon’s website.
If you want to capture a good moon photo, you might need to catch the moonrise at 5:44pm (Manila time). You will see that the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon due to an optical illusion.
But if you’re still busy at work and you can’t witness tonight’s “super snow moon,” a subsequent full moon in March will also be a “super moon.” It’s a total of three “super moons” in just the first 3 months of 2019!
Reports from TIME said that there are more solar and lunar phenomena to watch out this year. It includes the “total solar eclipse” that will be seen in some parts of the world on July 2. While people in Europe, Asia, and parts of America will be able to view “partial lunar eclipse” on July 16. The day after Christmas 2019, people in Europe, Asia, and Africa will be able to witness a “ring of fire” caused by an annular solar eclipse.
Photo from NASA
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