Biggest supermoon of the year will happen this week

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

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

Gianluca Masi, head of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told the Full Moon will be up to seven percent brighter than any other one this year.

The "snow" in the name is used for February's full moon each year, because in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow typically falls in February.

Attention US-based skywatchers! February 19 will be the ideal day to gaze upon the Earth's lunar satellite, thanks to a not-so-little thing called the Snow Supermoon.

Later on this year, there will be a series of New Moon Super Moons on August 1, August 30 and September 28.

It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019.

Full Moons occurs when the Moon, Earth and Sun perfectly align - they can occur as often as twice a month.

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.

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The moon, or supermoon, as it sets over the Martin Luther King Jr.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 253,000 miles (405,500 kilometers) from Earth on average.

Cloud cover should be sparse enough across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Monday evening and night to allow us to see the supermoon.

Experts said tomorrow, the moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, and its face will be fully illuminated. However, the moon will be more visible after it rises at 5.11pm.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal. According to the website Time and Date, moonset in Eureka will occur at 7:22 a.m. Tuesday - with the full moon reached at 7: 53 a.m. - and rise at 6:17 p.m. Naval Observatory. The Moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as "the moon illusion". It's predicted to be the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019. Because it happened during a total lunar eclipse, it was called the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

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