Monday Night Will Be Brightest Supermoon of Year

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full

Tuesday's full moon is called a supermoon because it happens near the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the Earth, which makes the moon look slightly brighter and larger than usual.

The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 382,500km. While it won't be at its fullest, you can catch the jaw-dropping sights starting on Sunday, February 17. It's being called the "super snow moon".

The full moon in February is often referred to as the snow moon because of the time of year that it occurs, as the month often sees the heaviest snowfall (although it's not looking likely here in Blighty). This means the Moon is deeper inside the umbra shadow and therefore may appear darker.

What is the super snow moon?

According to timeanddate.com, it was also named as the Hunger Moon due to the scarce food sources and hard hunting conditions during mid-winter by some North American tribes.


The distance between the two celestial bodies changes due to the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth. The moon will be full today and at its perigee. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee. The next bright supermoon will happen December of 2026.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal.

You should be able to see it best once it rises at 5.11pm that evening, so here's hoping for clear skies.

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky.


A micromoon is so named because it looks smaller and less bright, appearing about 14 per cent smaller than normal.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location.

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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