Get ready for the ‘super snow moon’ — the biggest moon of 2019 (happening tonight!)

Get ready for the ‘super snow moon’ — the biggest moon of 2019 (happening tonight!)
(Source: Pam Day)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Star-gazers and sky-watchers, take note — the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019 will be visible in the skies above Hawaii Tuesday night.

February full moons are often called ‘snow moons,’ given the wintry conditions most of the northern hemisphere experiences when they occur. So it’s only fitting that Tuesday’s supermoon will be known as the ‘super snow moon!’

You’ll have to stay up a little later than usual to see the super snow moon at its brightest. The moon will be closest to Earth (just 221,000 miles away!) at roughly 11:07 p.m. Tuesday night.

Technically, the moon won’t be completely full until just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, but that shouldn’t stop you from observing a spectacular moonrise on Tuesday. To find more information on the moonrise in your neighborhood, click here.

It’ll be the second in this year’s trio of supermoons. The first supermoon, known as the ‘super blood wolf moon,’ occurred on January 21, and the third will happen on March 21.

A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around our planet. The supermoons appear larger and more brighter than ordinary full moons because of the close proximity to Earth — scientists are quick to point out that the difference is generally so subtle as to be imperceptible.

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