Get ready: Year's brightest supermoon nearly here

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

Supermoons are substantially brighter than ordinary full moons.

The supermoon, also called a snowmoon, will be about 221,000 miles from Earth which is about 17,000 miles closer than average, USA Today reports.

February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year.

The next supermoon of the year will take place on Tuesday, February 19, but the best time to watch it will be early in the morning (so set those alarms and try to avoid the snooze button). Each month, the full moon carries a different name signifying what is most associated with that time.

You can see the Super Snow Moon in most parts of the world and in nearly all cities across India.

The space agency's website says: "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", adding that the phrase was coined in 1979.

Sorry for all the math but Monday nights moon will appear 14% longer and 30% brighter and with all the snow...it will seem even brighter.

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'The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon.

When the Full Moon is low, it looks bigger and brighter than when it's higher up in the sky.

This morning's photos show the moon setting across the United Kingdom and Europe before it rises again for this evening's spectacle.

February 19's full moon is the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. The last one happened on February 28, 2010, and the next time is expected on February 9, 2029, China News Service reported. As a result, the distance between the Moon and Earth varies throughout the month and the year.

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

In January, we were treated to the super blood wolf moon, and while this isn't quite as exciting, the supermoon should be a lovely spectacle.

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