Super Snow Moon, Biggest Supermoon of 2019

Gwen Vasquez
February 22, 2019

The biggest, brightest moon of the year gave keen clickers the opportunity to snap some unbelievable images.

The second full moon in a calendar month is sometimes called a blue moon, so the one on March 31 could be considered a Blue Worm Moon.

Here's everything you need to know about what's being dubbed the "Super Worm Moon". There are other names like Storm Moon or Ice Moon for the February supermoon.

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"The reason moon looked especially bigger during the moonrise as compared to the time it was in the middle of the sky was because it was at the horizon during that time", said educational assistant at the Regional Science Centre, Swapnil Singh.

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The full moon rises behind the statue of the "Madonnina" Virgin Mary atop Milan's gothic-era Duomo Cathedral, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. This can make the moon appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

It has a number of other nicknames from other cultures, like the Crow Moon - because the cawing of crows that signal the end of winter - and the Lenten Moon, because it happens around the season of Lent.

It reached peak fullness at about 2:53am but the best time to see it was just after sunset when the Moon was rising against the horizon, explained Dr Brad Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

That's the closest coincidence of the March equinox and full moon since 20 March 2000.

Another exciting fact is that this year we are going to witness back to back three months with full moons. This occurs when everyday objects like trees and buildings are near the moon, and our minds trick us into thinking the moon is closer because of its proximity to the objects in our line of sight.

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