The Moon is nicknamed the Super Snow Moon and will appear larger and brighter in the night sky. Last year in 2018, the month of February had no full moon at all, but this year’s will be the biggest supermoon of 2019. The full moon on Tuesday, February 19 will occur at 3.53pm GMT but will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer.
Full moons occur when the moon, Earth and Sun are perfectly aligned, and sometimes a moon can appear full twice in a month.
The full moon will appear full between February 18 and 19 and also from February 19 to 20.
The February full moon is the second in a series of three full supermoons, the first occurred on January 21 and the last in three will be on March 21, 2019.
All these full moons are less than 225,000 miles from the centre of the Earth and moon, in comparison the furthest full moon on September 14, 2019 will be at a distance of 252,431 miles.
In 2020, the year’s closest full moon will be in April 2020 and the preceding full moon of March 9, 2020 and the following full moon on May 7, 2020 will make up the supermoon season of 2020.
January’s supermoon also coincided with a total lunar eclipse, which turned the moon a shade of red.
In February, the moon will appear to be about 14 percent greater than an average full moon and the disc size and brightness is expected to be about 30 percent greater than usual.
How to watch the full moon online
The supermoon on February 19 will be shown live through the Virtual Telescope Project.
The stream will start at 4.30pm and will be shown live from Italy as the sun rises above the skyline in Rome.
Full moons in 2019
Each full moon of the year has a distinct name and the Farmer’s Almanac lists several names that are commonly used in the United States.
This is when full moons will occur in 2019, according to NASA:
-January 21 – Wolf Moon
-February 19 – Snow Moon
-March 20 – Worm Moon
-April 19 – Pink Moon
-May 18 – Flower Moon
-June 17 – Strawberry Moon
-July 16 – Buck Moon
-August 15 – Sturgeon Moon
-September 14 – Harvest Moon
-October 13 – Hunter’s Moon
-November 12 – Beaver Moon
-December 12 – Cold Moon