Stargazers will enjoy a stunning sight as a rare “super snow moon” is set to appear in the night sky. It’s the second of three supermoons to light up the skies this year, following the Super Blood Wolf Moon that took place on January 21.
February full moons are often called “snow moons,” given the wintry conditions most of the northern hemisphere experiences when they occur. So it only fits that the upcoming supermoon will be known as the “super snow moon!” The super snow moon will appear on Tuesday, February 19 and will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019.
Although the moon is officially fullest on Tuesday morning, it is visible from Sunday to Tuesday evening around the world. The super snow moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.
So when can you catch it? Peak fullness will be at 10:54 am EST, Tuesday, February 19, but won’t be visible to most of the US at that time. If you want to see it properly, or even snap a pic or two, the best time to see a super snow moon is just after “Moonrise” when the Moon is close to the horizon and the “Moon illusion” is in full swing. When the Moon is low, it looks bigger and brighter than when it is high up in the sky.
The Moon will rise in the east, and the next time it gets closer to the Earth than this one will be in 2026, so you really don’t want to miss it!
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around our planet. The supermoons appear larger and brighter than ordinary full moons because of the close proximity to Earth — scientists are quick to point out that the difference is generally so subtle as to be imperceptible.
This year’s third and final supermoon will occur on March 20. Also known as the “Full Worm Moon,” it will fall on the same date as the spring equinox, the first time this has happened since 1981, heralding the start of spring.
Sickly Puma Rescued From Russian Zoo Now Enjoys Life As Pampered House Cat
Messi is actually small for a puma but is definitely an over-sized house cat!
Exotic pets are now becoming more common. But would you ever consider taking care of a feared predator? A couple decided to adopt a sickly kitten from a Russian zoo and it has now grown into a full-sized puma. Interestingly, the feline acts more like a spoiled little house cat.
Messi is 90lb puma who once lived at the Saransk Zoo in Penza, Russia. The kitten, who was named after soccer legend Lionel Messi, was initially weak when it was brought to the zoo. However, that all changed when Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev spotted the kitten and begged to buy it from the zoo. To their surprise, the zoo agreed and they brought Messi home to treat the kitty like an oversized house cat.
Messi acts like a regular house cat around his dad Aleksandr.
Store Denies Disabled Woman From Entering Because She ‘Would Damage Floor’
You’ll lose your faith in humanity.
It is almost certain that a lot of people thought that the world is finally changing for the better when it comes to treating every member of the society equally. However, this story will sadly take away your faith in humanity.
A disabled woman on a wheelchair was not allowed to enter a chocolate store at a shopping mall in Penang, Malaysia. The reason? Because her wheelchair would damage the floor.
Farmer Explains How ‘Ghost Apples’ Ended Up On Trees During Polar Vortex
These “apples” are the coolest thing you’ll find in an orchard during the polar vortex!
The recent polar vortex has made America aware of a lot of new things, like what happens to hair when you go surfing in the chilly weather. Interestingly, the icy temperature has also resulted in a rare phenomenon known as "ghost apples." One farmer found these ice apples on his orchard and decided to explain how it occurs.
Andrew Sietsema manages a farm in western Michigan where the polar vortex had an interesting effect on apple trees. The young farmer was pruning the trees in an orchard when he came across the ghost apples. He immediately took photos, shared them on Facebook, and went viral with his stunning discovery.
The ghost apples magically appeared after the polar vortex.