Biggest supermoon of the year will happen this week

The August 2014 Supermoon

It's being called the "super snow moon".

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

The biggest full moon of the year will shine on February 19, following the "super blood wolf moon" on January 21.

There's a supersized Supermoon coming, and it could the biggest and brightest we see this year. Each month, the full moon carries a different name signifying what is most associated with that time.

February's Full Moon rises early on Wednesday February 20.

What exactly is a supermoon?

A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to the Earth at the same time it is full, according to NASA. It's hard enough to even see the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, which only appears up to 14 percent larger in the sky and maybe 30 percent brighter. This occurs once every 19 years, and it's because January and March each have two full moons. "This "Moon illusion" happens when the Moon is close to the horizon and there are objects within our line of sight such as trees or buildings".




Due to the eclipse, the only light reflected from the surface of the Moon is refracted by the Earth's atmosphere.

This point is also known as the apogee, and can be anything farther than 405,000km from the centre of the Earth. It is expected to be the brightest moon of its kind until 2026. If that happens, there's still the third and final supermoon of 2019, which comes in exactly four weeks on March 19.

The "snow moon" is one of three "supermoons" in 2019, which means the moon will appear about 10 percent larger than average.

This morning's photos show the moon setting across the United Kingdom and Europe before it rises again for this evening's spectacle. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year.

Though the moon is officially fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday to Tuesday evening.

"The Moon will look extremely large when it rises and sets", NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams wrote in a blog for NASA on Friday.

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