February 19th 2019 Supermoon. (Credit: Freeda SaherFree)
For the second time of 2019, Trinidad and Tobago was treated to another supermoon. Unfortunately, increased amounts of low-level moisture and passing clouds obscured the views for may across Eastern Trinidad. Much of the remainder of the country saw the spectacular sight of what was the largest full moon of 2019.
Missed This Supermoon? Just Under a Month Until the Next!
At 9:43PM local time, on March 20th, 2019, we’ll have the 3rd supermoon of 2019. On this date, the moon will be 360,772 kilometers (224,173 miles) away from Earth.
It wont be as close as the January 2019 and February 2019 supermoons, but will still be a stellar sight for skygazers.
For context, the February 2019 Supermoon was 356,760 kilometers (221,681 miles) away from Earth. The January 2019 Supermoon was slightly further, at 357,342 kilometers (222,042 miles) away.
The definition of a supermoon was arbitrarily defined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. Nolle defined it as a new or full moon that occurs when the natural satellite (the moon) is at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In other words, any full moon or new moon that comes to within 361,740 km or 224,775 miles (or less) of our planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth, is a supermoon. (Earthsky.org)
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