Super Snow Moon 2019 Rises Tonight

The biggest super moon of 2019.

February 19, 2019
Super Snow Moon rises over England

FEBRUARY 19: A plane flies in the sky in front of the largest Supermoon of 2019 on February 19, 2019 in London, England. Today's Supermoon, sometimes known as the Super Snow Moon is the second supermoon of the year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


Keep your eyes on the sky tonight. The Super Snow Moon, which is the brightest and largest super moon we will experience in 2019, will be lighting up the night sky.

While the moonrise occurred at 10:53 a.m. eastern time, the moon won’t be fully visible until sunset. Super moons occur when the Earth’s elliptical orbital path brings the moon within a certain distance to our planet, producing dramatic results.

The best time to watch any super moon is when it is closest to the horizon, at moonrise and moonset, when there are trees, and other objects within our line of sight to give perspective.

While each super moon varies in its proximity and appearance, super moons are usually around 14 percent larger and thirty percent brighter than regular moons, according to NASA.

There will be one more super moon in 2019, set to take place on March 19.

This particular super moon is also known as the ice moon or the bone moon. The name is inspired by cold and thick snowfall associated with February.