Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Best place to see tonight's supermoon? Williamstown beach, 8pm

Best place to see tonight's supermoon? Williamstown beach, 8pm

If the phenomenon takes place in February it's called the super snow moon because it takes place in a cold period.

The event occurs when the Moon is at its lunar perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, making it appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than at its lunar apogee, its furthest point.

The analysis is not able to definitively say full and supermoons caused the increase in crashes, but the link appears plausible - a full moon could distract a driver or pedestrians, causing them to lose focus for a critical moment.

It will be viewable whenever the moon rises in an area. Moonrise in central in will be at around 6:40 p.m. It'll then be at its fullest at 3.53pm, but again it'll still be light out so won't be at its brightest.

It will be "fullest" - the whole moon will be illuminated - about 2.53am on Wednesday, but that's not the best time to see it.

You'd need to have a remarkably trained eye to notice the difference between each supermoon.

Whatever names the February moon may be known by, one thing you can be sure of is that you won't need any special equipment to see it.

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The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Photographers were already capturing stunning shots of the supersize Moon on February 18 and early Tuesday morning.

Wondering what's going on and how to see it?

Snow Owl said that while Snow Moon wasn't the extravagant astronomical spectacle that January's "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse" was, it was larger and brighter, and it definitely commanded attention to the sky.

According to NASA, the term snow moon or "hunger moon" was coined by Native American tribes in the United States for the second full moon of winter.

The moon looks particularly large because it's at its closet point to Earth. If there are any obstructions between you and the horizon, the actual time of moonrise will be later.

On February 19, the moon will be only 356,846 km (222,000 miles) away from Earth, its shortest distance all year, leading the moon to appear around 10 percent bigger than usual.

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