2019’s biggest supermoon to light up the sky

A bird flies in front of the year’s first supermoon on 21 January 2019 in Lisbon. More

A bird flies in front of the year’s first supermoon on 21 January 2019 in Lisbon. More

The biggest full moon of the year will shine on February 19, following the "super blood wolf moon" on January 21.

Cox, who is affiliated with the Slooh robotic telescope based at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, will be part of a panel hosting a live show on the February supermoon.

February's full moon is sometimes called the "snow moon" in folklore tradition because of the heavy snowfalls that are common in winter.

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

Why is it called the snow moon?

It is the closest, biggest and brightest moon of the year.

It takes place when the moon's orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while at the same time bathed in sunlight, giving the rock its bright appearance.

In 2011, a hazy red supermoon was seen exceptionally close to the earth - within 126 miles (203km) of its closest possible approach to our planet.

As the moon is significantly larger than the smallest full moon in the year, it is still considered a supermoon event, said the spokesperson.

Slooh explained: "To be precise, on February 19 we will reach perigee a 356,761 km or 221,681 miles, enough to make ocean tides lower and higher than at any other point during the year". 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.

Hence, super snow moon.

The moon will be officially full at 10:53 a.m. EST, according to NASA's SkyCal.

The super snow moon is the second of three super moons expected in 2019, with the third to come on 21 March.

Though the moon is officially fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday to Tuesday evening. And, because 100 percent of the moon's surface will be illuminated by the sun, it will appear 30 percent bigger and 14 percent larger than normal, according to the site. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

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.

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