2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky

2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky

But if the sight of a clear night sky still gives you goosebumps, then you should gear up for the "supermoon" this week.

Because perigee coincides with the full moon, it's called a supermoon.

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. This is the second supermoon of 2019, after the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred on January 20.

The moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, around 17,000 miles closer than average.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth. However, its orbit isn't a ideal circle and this accounts for the variations in distance.

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 February 19.

It'll appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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Bad weather and heavy snows made hunting hard, so this Moon was also called the Hunger Moon. Native Americans and people across Europe used the Moon to track seasons.

February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" because of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Back in the day, this time of the year could turn into a pitched battle for survival for anyone who had failed to stockpile enough food for the winter.

What is the super snow moon?

The full moon names corresponded with seasonal changes.

"This perceived increase in size happens whenever you see the moon, regardless of its phase, near the horizon".

Following this supermoon there will be one more on 21 March, after which you'll need to wait until early 2020 when the moon is once again closer to earth. However, EarthSky says that it won't be as spectacular as this one.

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