February “Snow Moon” Will Be Brightest Super Moon In 2019
OK, so if you thought the January "super blood wolf moon," was something to behold, or in case you missed it entirely, get ready. The brightest "super moon" we are going to see this year is set to manifest during the wee hours of February 19.
Although the February "snow moon" tends to not get the press that last month's lunar offering did, it is expected to be the "brightest and largest supermoon in 2019," according to Space.com.
Why is that? Well, the February full moon, a.k.a. "snow moon," will appear around 10 percent bigger than usual because this is the point at which it is closest in proximity to the Earth than any other time this year, due to where it will be in its orbit.
During the January "blood moon," I heard several discussions around the fact that, due to the accompanying eclipse and subsequent deep red "blood" color of the moon, it was quite dim. Well, this will be quite the contrary. Think "bright and beaming" for this one. In fact, experts say that simply using binoculars to view the moon may seem unbearably bright. Although, it shouldn't cause any harm to your eyes, it may be difficult to look for very long and you very likely will have trouble noticing any of the darker spots on the moon.
The peak is expected to be around 5:06 a.m. CST, so you may want to set that alarm a few minutes earlier than normal to behold the super moon in all of it's glory. Or, I suppose you could just stay up all night to howl at the moon or whatever--although your neighbors may not approve.
More specifics and measurements for you more cerebral types can be found right here.