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The biggest and brightest supermond of the year is Monday night – will you see it?



by Zosha Millman, SeattlePI

Photo: NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty Images

On Monday night, the sky shines with the biggest, brightest supermoon of the year. And the Seattle area might just see it.

A "supermoon" is when the moon appears larger because it is closer to Earth in its orbit; technically there is one each month (along with a time when the moon is furthest away), but only when that distance coincides with the full moon do we give the moniker the description of how tall and bright he looks. February 1

9659004 "Super Snow Moon" (so called for the coldest time of the year) will be in full on Tuesday morning at 7:53. But the full moon looks best at dusk and dawn, and the perigee – the time the moon is closest to it – will be about six hours ahead.

So the best time to catch the Super Snow Moon is at 1am on Tuesday. Her first chance to see the Supermoon is Monday at 4:49 pm. If a bigger moon rises than usual – that is, assuming the weather in the Seattle metro is clear enough.

Our region is known to be difficult to see astronomical events, with many opportunities for shooting stars and aurora. But it was only last month that the clouds made Washington residents a climax to the astronomical trifecta of a "super blood wolf moon".

The Seattle area is currently cloudy during the day and evening on Monday. On Tuesday, this forecast will be cloudy and even a chance for lowland snow, says the National Weather Service. This means that the last chance to see the Super Snow Moon, if it rises again on Tuesday evening at 18:02 clock, may be low.

But if we miss this, do not worry too much: March 20th brings a new Supermoon (depending on where you are, the "Worm Moon", the "Sap Moon" or the "Crow Moon" "), which coincides with the beginning of spring and the third and last Supermoon of 2019.


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