Tuesday’s full moon, dubbed “Super Snow Moon”
Earthlings are in for another celestial treat on Tuesday, February 19, when the “super snow moon”, the largest super moon for 2019 will be on show. February’s full moon is known as the “snow moon” due to the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year. A full moon is called a super moon when the moon’s orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth. The moon’s closest point to the Earth is call perigee, and this Tuesday, it will make its closest approach to the Earth for 2019.
“When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that's where we get a ‘super moon’,” according to NASA.
The Moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth on Feb. 19, according to EarthSky, its closest full moon to Earth in 2019. Although closer to the Earth, the Feb. 19 super moon will not be as colorful as last month’s ‘Super Blood Moon’ eclipse when it turned a rusty red. If you miss the February super moon, don't worry - there will another super moon in March called the Worm Moon, Sugar Moon, or Crow Moon.