Signs in the Heavens Update

‘Super snow moon’ on 19 February will be biggest and brightest of the entire year

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

‘Super snow moon’ on 19 February will be biggest and brightest of the entire year

Peter Stubley. The Independent•February 16, 2019

Skygazers suffering withdrawal symptoms after last month’s lunar eclipse will soon be treated to a “super snow moon”.

On 19 February the full moon will be the biggest and brightest in 2019 because its orbit is at its closest to earth, at around 356,800km (221,700 miles).

That makes it the second supermoon in a row following the “super blood wolf moon” on 21 January.

February’s full moon is also traditionally known as a snow moon or hunger moon because this month often sees the heaviest snowfalls and comes at the end of winter when food is scarce.

It reaches its perigee, or closest point to the earth, at 9.06am in the UK and is at its fullest at 3.53pm, although the moon will only be visible after it rises at 5.11pm.

Supermoons appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than “micromoons”, the term for full moons at their furthest point from the earth at around 405,500km (253,000 miles).

The next supermoon, known as the “Full Worm Moon”, can be seen in the UK on 21 March, within a few hours of the official start of spring.

A partial lunar eclipse will be visible in the UK on the night of 16 July but the next full lunar eclipse will not take place until 2021.

Last month’s eclipse was only visible from some parts of the UK because of cloudy skies. However some observers witnessed an object colliding with the moon during the celestial event.

Scientists believe it was a meteoroid roughly the size of a beachball and with a mass of 20kg to 100kg crashing into the moon at a speed of roughly 47,000 km/h.

How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

Wilder Davies. Time•February 17, 2019

Good news for sky watchers and selenophiles, the next full moon is set to be the biggest and brightest of the year, according to NASA. the “super snow moon” as it is being called, will cross the skies next Tuesday on Feb. 19.

While the upcoming “super snow moon” won’t be the extravagant astronomical spectacle that January’s “super blood wolf moon eclipse” was, it will be larger and brighter, and definitely command attention in the sky. If that isn’t enough, the subsequent full moon in March will also be a “supermoon,” rounding off 2019 with a total of three “supermoons.” In a given year, between two and four full moons can be classified as “supermoons.”

Here’s what to know about the upcoming “super snow moon” — and what the best time is to see it.

What is the super snow moon?

A “supermoon” is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky. The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year. The point in its orbit when the moon is farthest from Earth is known as the apogee, and appears to be smaller in the sky.

The term “snow moon” is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the U.S., according to NASA. It is called the snow moon due to typical snowfall during this time of year. Heavy snowfall is also the reason for its alternative and more grim name, the “hunger moon.”

When can people see the super snow moon?

The moon will technically reach peak fullness next Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, at 10:54 a.m. EST, but won’t be visible to most in the U.S. at that time. 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). If you are hoping to capture a good “supermoon” photo, catching the moonrise is your best bet. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

When is the next full moon?

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. And while you will have to settle for normal-sized full moons for the rest of the year, there are still a few more moon-related astronomical events to look out for this year.

July 2: If you happen to find yourself in Chile or Argentina in early July you can catch a glimpse of a total solar eclipse (just be sure to wear eclipse glasses.)

July 16: A partial lunar eclipse will be visible to people in much of Europe, Asia, and in regions of North and South America as well.

Dec. 26: The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day) there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Eastern Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. An annular solar eclipse is similar to a total solar eclipse, but the moon is too far away to completely obscure the sun. 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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