"Super snow moon" will be 2019's biggest and brightest

Theresa Obrien
February 19, 2019

Supermoons are natural phenomenons that take place when the moon periodically appears brighter and larger than normal.

The "snow" in the name is used for February's full moon each year, because in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow typically falls in February.

Read some Fun Super Moon Facts from NASA below: A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full.

The moon will be about 221,734 miles from Earth, the closest full moon to our planet.

The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 238,855 miles.

The next supermoon viewable from the United Kingdom will take place on the night of Wednesday, February 19.

Though not as rare as January's, viewers Tuesday night will be able to take in a full moon that will appear larger and more brilliant in the sky, NASA says, producing what's known as a Super Snow Moon.

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Either way, it's well worth braving the cold and steeping outside for a quick look when you know there's a supermoon hanging about.

February 19's full moon is the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy.

During such an event the moon looks to be about 14% bigger and about 30% brighter compared with when it's at the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, known as apogee.

A "super blood moon" earlier this year.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis. During this time it'll appear very large to the eyes, which is an optical illusion. Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon as the harsh weather conditions were not suitable for hunting.

When is the next full moon?

While it won't be at its fullest, you can catch the jaw-dropping sights starting on Sunday, February 17.

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.

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