Biggest supermoon of 2019 to shine on Chinese Lantern Festival


Cox, who is affiliated with the Slooh robotic telescope based at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, will be part of a panel hosting a live show on the February supermoon. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles.

This is the second supermoon of 2019, after the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred on January 20.

The Moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth on February 19, according to EarthSky, its closest full moon to Earth in 2019. Since they're a bit closer to us, supermoons appear larger and more luminous than ordinary full moons - though scientists are quick to point out that the difference is generally so subtle as to be imperceptible.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

Nasa explained: 'The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published Indian names for the full Moons in the 1930's, and according to this almanac, this was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.

February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

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Another Supermoon is expected on March 21, but will not be as large or bright as this one. January's coincided with a total lunar eclipse-an event where the moon passes directly through Earth's shadow.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal.

For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46pm and will set at 7.35am on February 20, as per the U.S. Naval Observatory.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky.

Although the super snow moon will be at its fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday night through to Tuesday evening, appearing around 14% largest and 30% brighter than usual. Just remember roughly around sunset go and look at the moon.

Here's what to know about the upcoming "super snow moon" - and what the best time is to see it.