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In 2019, the full Moon of March rises the same day as the vernal equinox—marking the start of spring! How fitting for what we call the “Full Worm Moon.” March also brings the final supermoon of 2019. Here’s all you need to know.
This is one of those rare years when the full Moon lands right smack on the spring equinox—on March 20, 2019, in North America.This only happens three times a century, on average. Plus, it’s the third and final “supermoon.” Enjoy the extra-bright equinox full moon Wednesday night!
Here’s a video, featuring Amy Nieskens
SUPER MOON ON THE SPRING EQUINOX
The March full Moon is particularly special because it reaches its peak on the same day as the spring equinox, on March 20, 2019. The last time the full Moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (4 hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981!
This full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning the Moon will be nearly at its closest to Earth for the month of March. It’s the year’s third (and final) of three straight full supermoons. This means that the Moon may “appear” brighter and bigger than normal, provided the night sky is clear and dark.
THE FULL MOON AND EASTER
Did you know: Easter Sunday (in the Western Christian Church) is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or just after the vernal equinox.
Since the full Moon AND the vernal equinox both fall on March 20 this year (in North America, at least), you might expect that Easter Sunday would be on the following Sunday, March 24.
However, for simplicity’s sake, the Church set a fixed date for the equinox, March 21.Additionally, the Church does not rely on the date of the astronomical full Moon, but rather the ecclesiastical full Moon, which occurs on the 14th day of the ecclesiastical lunar month. The date of the ecclesiastical full Moon may fall one to two days before the astronomical full Moon. Therefore, because the first full Moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter Sunday 2019 falls on Sunday, April 21!
(This is not the first time the church’s “set” equinox and astronomy’s “moving” equinox affected Easter’s date; it last happened in 1981 and will happen again in 2038.)
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The Full Moon for February is the best supermoon of 2019. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Snow Moon. Find out why—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.
THE FEBRUARY “SUPER SNOW” MOON
February’s full Moon peaks on Tuesday, February 19, at 10:53 A.M.EST (15:53 UTC), but will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer.
It will also be a so-called “supermoon,” which means the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth.
In fact, the February’s full Moon is the nearest, largest, and brightest full Moon of the year! Technically, it’s the second of three supermoons to occur in 2019 (January, February, March).
In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the Moon to track the seasons. In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month’s Moon. (If this sounds odd to you, remember that our current calendar is based on the Sun and the solar year!)
Traditionally, the Moon we see in February is called the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall of February. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.
Other Full Moon names include: the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni, of the Southwest), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee, of the Southeast). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.
Do supermoons truly appear brighter? Technically, yes. Practically, it depends on your point of comparison. The supermoon’s diameter is indeed about 7% greater than an ordinary full Moon and 14% greater than a full Moon when it’s at its furthest point in its orbit to Earth (a “micromoon”).And a supermoon exceeds the brightness of an ordinary Moon by 15%! When compared to a micromoon, the supermoon is 30% brighter!
Derek Stevens has been building bits of buzz and excitement in downtown Las Vegas since he and his brother Greg bought a stake in the Golden Gate on Fremont Street in October 2006. On Thursday night, Stevens unveiled his biggest project yet, the first new casino resort to be built downtown in decades.
Circa Resort & Casino is slated to open in December 2020 in the space formerly occupied by the Las Vegas Club where Fremont Street meets Main Street. As displayed in a flashy video played across a huge screen for an audience of hundreds inside a tent at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Circa will have 777 hotel rooms, a two-story casino, a range of restaurants, a spa and the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street, as well as a state-of-the-art parking structure and “transportation hub,” a rooftop pool amphitheater and a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook Stevens called the largest in Las Vegas history.
Those latter features support Stevens’ explanation that Circa was conceived and designed as a new attraction inspired by a grand tradition of Las Vegas-style excitement.
iHeartMedia’s deal includes a 15-year lease, so they’re in it for the long haul!
The iHeartMedia Las Vegas headquarters move is part of a new partnership with Fremont Street Experience.
The new headquarters will be state-of-the-art, housing iHeartMedia’s brands and franchises, including Sunny 106.5, 93.1 The Mountain, 95.5 The Bull and Real 103.9.
Glynn Alan, Region President for iHeartMedia Las Vegas, said, “We’ve specifically designed this new location to invoke collaboration and raise awareness within the downtown area of Las Vegas while embodying the iHeartMedia brand.”
The new partnership between iHeartMedia and Fremont Street Experience will not only help create awareness about downtown, iHeartRadio in-studio guests and musical acts may also perform on our stages.
Our free concerts are legendary, and the new partnership is sure to build upon that reputation.
Our CEO and President, Patrick Hughes, summed it up perfectly, saying, “The opportunity to create and deliver amazing concerts and events is amplified when combining iHeart’s tremendous media and distribution platforms with Fremont Street Experience’s world-class entertainment offerings.”
iHeartMedia is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. The company, with its quarter billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S.
The Full Moon for January 2019 reaches its peak on the 21st. Traditionally, this Moon was called the Full Wolf Moon. This year, we’ll also be treated to a total lunar eclipse and a Supermoon! Read about how this Moon got its name—plus, see more Moon facts and folklore.
THE “SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON” ECLIPSE
This year, thanks to the Moon being both a Supermoon and part of a total lunar eclipse, January’s Full Wolf Moon is being called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon.” How’s that for a name?
Total Lunar Eclipse (“Blood Moon”)
Just a few hours before the peak of the full Moon, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from all of North, Central, and South America.
The partial eclipse begins at approximately 10:33 P.M.EST (7:33 P.M.PST) on January 20.
The total eclipse begins about an hour later, at 11:41 P.M.EST (8:41 P.M.PST), and will last for approximately one hour. This is the time to look skyward!*
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, which causes the usually bright full Moon to turn a dark, ominous, coppery-red (giving the eclipsed Moon the nickname ”Blood Moon”).
In addition to a total lunar eclipse, we’ll also be treated to a Supermoon.A Supermoon occurs when the Moon is both full AND reaches the point in its orbit where it’s closest to Earth. A Supermoon is ever-so-slightly larger and brighter than a typical full Moon, though the difference is negligible when viewed with the naked eye.
The National Western Stock Show is back and bigger than ever!
“The National Western Stock Show has been a staple in the agricultural community since it made its debut in 1906. This 16-day event is one of Denver’s biggest draws for tourists and is considered to be the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation! And last year, the Stock Show had its second-highest attendance of all time!”
This year’s events will be held from Saturday, January 12, to Sunday, January 27, at the National Western Complex.
Now, there are many reasons to attend the National Western Stock Show, including the action-packed shows as well as the massive trade show. But, my personal favorite has to be the livestock. Not only is the National Western Stock home to one of the world’s largest cattle shows, but there’s also the opportunity for the younger kiddos to compete and win prize money.
Seriously, the Stock Show is full of incredible events for folks of all ages, but there’s a ton of ’em — and ain’t nobody got time for that! So, instead of listing every single one, you can simply view the full schedule of events here.
Regular grounds admission, which ranges from $3-$22 per person, will get you access to the stockyards, the trade show, and a bunch of other fun events. However, events like Bull Riding and the Pro Rodeo will cost extra. You can purchase tickets online.
Ring in the new year with a sparkling meteor shower, a pair of eclipses, and a planet parade.
THE NEW YEAR starts off with a bang thanks to 2019’s best celestial fireworks show, followed by eye-catching planetary encounters and an eerie wolf moon eclipse.
So, if your holiday haul included new binoculars or telescopes, mark your January calendar and get ready to try out your stargazing gear!
Earth at perihelion—January 3
If you ever thought Earth’s orbital distance from the sun controlled the temperature, this day should convince you otherwise. Earth’s path around the sun is not a perfect circle, and the planet gets nearer and farther from the star over the course of a year.
At 12:20 a.m. ET on the 3rd, our planet will reach its closest point to the sun for all of 2019. At this so-called perihelion, the two bodies will be just over 91 million miles apart—three percent closer than they will be at their farthest point, or aphelion, in July.
The Northern Hemisphere’s cold temperatures at this time of year actually arise because the planet is tilted on its axis, and this side of the globe is tilted away from our parent star.
New Year meteor shower—January 3-4
In the predawn hours of January 4, the first meteor shower of the year, the Quadrantids, will reach its peak. Rates this morning will range from 60 to 120 shooting stars an hour when seen from a dark location. This year, a waning crescent moon should provide ideal conditions for seeing even faint meteors under clear skies.
The meteors will appear to radiate from the northeast sky, just off the handle of the Big Dipper. This is the site of Quadrans Muralis, a constellation that’s no longer recognized by astronomers but which gave the Quadrantids their name.
Partial solar eclipse—January 5-6
For some lucky sky-watchers, the year’s first new moon will seem to take a bite out of the sun. The partial solar eclipse will begin at sunrise in Asia, starting in China at 7:34 a.m. local time (23:34 UT on January 5) and moving across Japan, Korea, and Russia. Four-and-a-half hours later, it will cross Alaska’s Aleutian Islands at local sunset (3:48 UT on January 6). People in the Americas, Africa, and Europe will unfortunately miss the sky show.