Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest

039;Super Snow Moon' to occur tomorrow February 19

Malaysians have another opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon, a phenomenon where the full moon will appear the largest and its distance is closer to the earth, starting at 11.53pm tonight.

We get a supermoon when the moon is full or almost full and also at its closest point to Earth along its slightly elliptical orbit.

February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" as a result of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. This is just an illusion - our brain is interpreting that the moon is closer because of its orbit and the sun's brightness reflecting off it.

A supermoon lit up the skies above New Zealand on Tuesday evening. "It's much more interesting when one can see the shadows on the moon, which give it a much more 3-D appearance".

In contrast, when the moon is at its furthest point from the earth it is 405,500km away (253,000 miles). On Tuesday, the moon reaches its exact full phase closer to the time of perigee than any other full moon this year.

"But the moon energy is still potent and powerful", said Snow Owl, who's waiting for the seven Fridays before the Holy Week in April for the annual "tang-alap", or "the gathering of herbs".

The supermoon marks a big difference from 2018, when there was no full moon in February - called a Black Moon. In fact, the moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the smallest moon in September. A super blood wolf moon and five eclipses are among 2019's major astronomy events.

The best time to see the supermoon is right when it rises above the horizon, so just after 8pm.

A supermoon happens a handful of times a year, but it's not always at its closest point to the earth.

After January's Super Blood Moon, stargazers are getting ready for yet another stunning sight tonight as a Super Snow Moon or Hunger Moon will grace the skies.



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