Super Snow Moon 2019: India timings, date and what does it mean

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The next full moon will be on March 20, and while it is also going to be a "supermoon" it won't be quite as big as this one.

According to USA Today, because of the time of year in the U.S., the event is called the snow moon, a Native American nickname to the monthly events, like harvest moon for September and strawberry moon in June and sturgeon moon in August, giving it the full name Super Snow Moon.

February's full moon peaks Tuesday morning as Earth's satellite is making its closest approach, making the full moon a supermoon. The eclipse takes place when the full moon is at or near the closest point in its orbit to Earth, a time popularly known as a supermoon.

As February has 28 days and lunar cycles are 29.5 days, the month can sometimes miss either a full or new moon. Some of its other names are ice moon and storm moon.

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When can people see the super snow moon?

Unfortunately, residents will have a hard time seeing the moon at that time. The next bright supermoon will happen December of 2026. Instead, you will have to wait for moonrise, which will occur between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. local time (for precise timing go here).

The supermoon will be completely lit up at 3.53pm on Tuesday, meaning that the best viewing opportunities will be when darkness falls. The moon will be full today and at its perigee. This occurs once every 19 years, and it's because January and March each have two full moons.

The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a flawless circle, but elliptical, with one side closer to Earth than the other. The last supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse that happened after sunset on January 20. Recently, stargazers have also been using nicknames from The Farmer's Almanac to describe each month's full moons. As a result the eclipse looks more like a "ring of fire", with a thicker ring of light visible in comparison to a total solar eclipse.

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