Get ready: Year's brightest supermoon nearly here

2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky

Tuesday's Super Snow Moon will be the second of three projected supermoons in 2019, with the third coming in March. It's hard enough to even see the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, which only appears up to 14 percent larger in the sky and maybe 30 percent brighter.

When the moon reaches its closest perigee on Tuesday (the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth) it will be 356,761 km (221,681 miles) away from Earth, around 27,358 kilometres closer than average.

Native Americans and Europeans gave February the "snow moon" title because it was the month associated with heavy snowfall, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The moon achieved fullness at 10:45 a.m. EST.

Tuesday night's spectacular lunar display will the first time in 19 years a supermoon has occurred in February.

Some residents here gathered to watch the rise of February's full moon, the largest and brightest supermoon of 2019. When the full moon coincides with perigee, it becomes a supermoon.

"Hence, starting 11.53pm tonight the public could witness the biggest full moon with their own eyes anywhere, depending on the condition of the weather", she said when contacted by Bernama here today.

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The supermoon has also been seen rising over Turkey's capital, Ankara.

February's full moon is also known as the snow moon.

Astronomers said the rock is approximately 150 miles closer to Earth than it has been for nearly 30 years. This is just an illusion - our brain is interpreting that the moon is closer because of its orbit and the sun's brightness reflecting off it.

The best places to see it include locations such as East Coast Park and Labrador Park, which have a clear view of the eastern horizon.

A handsome moon has been pictured in a purple sky behind the Statue of Liberty in NY. This occurs once every 19 years, and it's because January and March each have two full moons.

A supermoon happens a handful of times a year, but it's not always at its closest point to the earth.

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