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Get set for 'super snow moon,' the biggest supermoon of the year

Get set for 'super snow moon,' the biggest supermoon of the year

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. The last one happened on February 28, 2010, and the next time is expected on February 9, 2029, China News Service reported.

A full moon occurs every month when we can see the moon in its entirety.

The Snow Moon, which also goes by the names Hunger Moon and Storm Moon, has been known to humans for thousands of years.

Slooh said: "As a follow up to the total lunar eclipse and Supermoon we witnessed together in January, we will look through our Canary Island telescopes on Tuesday, February 19, at 7pm EST at the biggest Supermoon of 2019".

A supermoon takes place when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closest to Earth.

The moon will technically reach peak fullness next Tuesday morning, February 19, 2019, at 10:54 a.m. EST, but won't be visible to most in the U.S.at that time.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

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Astrologer Richard Nolle first defined the term supermoon in 1979 as he explained that the phenomenon 'is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit'. Anyone hoping to catch the best glimpse in France, Spain and Germany, should look at the sky between 6.15 to 7.15pm (GMT+1).

The super snow moon is the second of three super moon's this year.

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

In general the supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon.

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

Apart from all the scientific facts, there is also an abundance of weather folklore about the moon, be it the shape, color or its position in the sky.