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Biggest, brightest supermoon of the year will be visible Monday night

Biggest, brightest supermoon of the year will be visible Monday night”

According to USA Today, because of the time of year in the U.S., the event is called the snow moon, a Native American nickname to the monthly events, like harvest moon for September and strawberry moon in June and sturgeon moon in August, giving it the full name Super Snow Moon.

Tuesday, February 19, a super snow moon will light up the sky.

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 moon its bright appearance.

This week's full moon will be brighter than any other in 2019 because its orbit will be at its closest point to earth.

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Australians will be able to see the supermoon in the early hours of February 20, with the absolute "peak time" being at about 2:53am AEST for those on the east coast, according to the lunar calendar. It is expected to be the brightest moon of its kind until 2026. Whatever you call this full moon, you won't need any special gear to see it.

February's moon has also been called the bone or hunger moon due to the lack of food available in the winter.

The colour of the moon will also change depending on the amount of water vapour or smoke particles in the air. Each month, the full moon carries a different name signifying what is most associated with that time.

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. So, brace yourselves for this stunning spectacle, because every full moon after this would just be further away from our planet.

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Hopeful astronomy enthusiasts will have to wait until sunset to get a better idea of what the Supermoon looks like.

If you miss this month's supermoon, don't fret, as there is going to be another one on March 21, 2019.

December 26: The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day) there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Eastern Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.

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