A Super Snow Moon Is Almost Here, so Set Your Alarms


People from across the globe gazed in awe at 2019's only total lunar eclipse that was called a super blood moon because of its huge size and reddish hue.

This is a size comparison of the moon on the supermoon night of November 13-14, 2016.

The term "snow moon" is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the US, according to NASA.

The "super snow moon" will reach its closest point at 9.06am on Tuesday, though it will be at its fullest and brightest at 3.53pm.

So, if you're looking to see it at night, stargazers can look up at the sky on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings where the moon will appear full.

The event was not fully visible in New Zealand, however the Super New Moon is likely to be as large and bright for us as it is will be to the US.

It is the second supermoon of the year and will be the biggest and brightest. Each month, the full moon carries a different name signifying what is most associated with that time.

The phenomenon describes the moment when the New Moon closely matches with perigee.

In order for a moon to be propelled to supermoon stardom it would have to be 226,000 miles away from the Earth.

The third and final supermoon of the year will take place on March 20, 2019 (but, again, it won't be as big as the February one). It may also be referred to as the "Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Sugar Moon, or Worm Moon", because it is the last full moon of the winter season, wrote NASA's Gordon Johnston in an online article.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky. The moon will be at its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis.