Hello there, Super Snow Moon

Silhouette of a man pushing a child on a swing in front of a full moon in Kayseri Turkey

The Super Snow Moon will light up the skies on February 19

Supermoons are natural phenomenons that take place when the moon periodically appears brighter and larger than normal.

February's full moon is also referred to as "Snow Moon" traditionally, as this is the month where the US sees its heavy snowfall.

When it comes to the science behind the cosmic phenomenon, according to NASA, a super moon unfolds when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. As a result, the moon appears to be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon. As an example, let's compare the August 10, 2014, supermoon to the smallest Full Moon of 2014, which occurred January 15.

A snow moon is simply the name of the February full moon, which this year just so happens to be a super moon.

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The next Supermoon will fall on the night of March 21 but will not be as spectacular as the one visible tonight. It's a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon.

Back in the day, this time of the year could turn into a pitched battle for survival for anyone who had failed to stockpile enough food for the winter. And, hey, it's the second to the last one for the year, so enjoy.

The moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, around 17,000 miles closer than average. This is when it will appear to be biggest, although this is mostly due to an optical illusion. Some other tribes called it a "hunger" moon as the harsh weather conditions were not suitable for hunting. When this coincides with a full moon, it is known as a micromoon.

Attention US-based skywatchers! February 19 will be the flawless day to gaze upon the Earth's lunar satellite, thanks to a not-so-little thing called the Snow Supermoon. An annular solar eclipse is similar to a total solar eclipse, but the moon is too far away to completely obscure the sun.

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