February's Supermoon could be year's biggest and brightest

February's Supermoon could be year's biggest and brightest

Attention US-based skywatchers! February 19 will be the flawless day to gaze upon the Earth's lunar satellite, thanks to a not-so-little thing called the Snow Supermoon.

This is a size comparison of the moon on the supermoon night of November 13-14, 2016.

The full moon in February is often referred to as the snow moon because of the time of year that it occurs, as the month often sees the heaviest snowfall (although it's not looking likely here in Blighty). When the full moon coincides with perigee, it becomes a supermoon.

Supermoons occur when the moon's orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full.

You do not need any special equipment to watch the Full Moon, although you might want to use a telescope and binoculars if you have them. Then we'll have to wait 'til March 2020 to see the next super, so don't miss out. A fun fact that you'd like to know is that the different tribes have their own names for February's moon.

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November 2016 was the closest that the moon has been to the earth. As the Moon orbits Earth, the distance between the two objects changes.

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.

As NASA explains on its website: "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon - and that's where we get a "super moon".

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location. The moon will be at its peak on Tuesday morning at 10:54 a.m. ET. Because it happened during a total lunar eclipse, it was called the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

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