Biggest supermoon of the year will happen this week

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

Memorial on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

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

This happens when a full or new moon coincides with the point in the Moon's orbit that is farthest away from the Earth. This close approach is called perigee by astronomers.

There's a supersized Supermoon coming, and it could the biggest and brightest we see this year.

The snow moon happens to be the full moon in the month of February, which is named after the ground snow. On average, the distance is about 382,900 kilometers (238,000 miles). The last supermoon coincided with a total lunar eclipse that happened after sunset on January 20.

Another Supermoon is expected on March 21, but will not be as large or bright as this one.

The moon will be about 221,734 miles from Earth, the closest full moon to our planet. For sky watchers on the east coast, the moon will rise around 5:46 p.m. Tuesday and set at about 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the U.S.

"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 "supermoon"," explains NASA, on its website, noting that the phrase was coined in 1979.

"Because these relatively close objects are in front of the Moon, our brain is tricked into thinking the Moon is much closer to the objects that are in our line of sight", she continued.

The supermoon will be completely lit up at 3.53pm on Tuesday, meaning that the best viewing opportunities will be when darkness falls. The second calendar month is historically more filled with fluffy white precipitation than any other. Under this nomenclature, last month's total lunar eclipse was called a super blood wolf moon.

The next supermoon viewable from the United Kingdom will take place on the night of Wednesday, February 19.

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