Super snow moon: 2019’s biggest supermoon lights up the sky this week

How to See February's 'Super Snow Moon' on Feb. 19

Silhouette of a man pushing a child on a swing in front of a full moon in Kayseri, Turkey on August 26, 2018 - next week's Supermoon could be the year's biggest and brightest.

A Supermoon is a full moon or new moon that occurs with perigee, which is the moon's closest approach to the earth within its orbit.

This will be the second time the moon has reached perigee this year.

Instead, check the skies Monday and Tuesday nights for the best views.

In early Native American tribes, the phenomenon was known as a 'super snow moon' as February usually sees the heaviest snowfall, (although there's now no snow forecast here in the UK).

The distance between the two celestial bodies changes due to the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth.

Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers) from Earth. The Moon could appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, so get your phones out for the spectacular photos. For South Bend and surrounding areas, moonrise will be at roughly 5:19 p.m. ET on February 18th and 6:36 p.m. ET on February 19th.

The Super Snow Moon will peak on 19 February 2019 at 21:23 pm.

The alternative name, Hunger Moon, refers to the general difficulty in acquiring food in the middle of winter, at least before modern roads and supermarkets existed.

The next supermoon will take place on March 21, just four hours after the March equinox-when day and night are the same length, with days in the northern Hemisphere getting longer thereafter.

February's full moon will be the biggest supermoon of the year, coming closer to Earth than at any other point in 2019.

You'd need to have a remarkably trained eye to notice the difference between each supermoon.

The moon will appear even bigger at the horizon, but don't be fooled by the optical illusion.

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