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Get set for ‘super snow moon’ next week, the biggest supermoon of the year

Posted: 4:36 PM, Feb 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-16 18:37:38-05

A “super snow moon,” the largest supermoon of the year, will shine over the skies on Tuesday, Feb. 19, WGHP reported.

Fox News said that the moon will rise at 5:46 p.m. Eastern time and set at 7:35 a.m. Feb. 20.

The moon will be about 221,734 miles from Earth, the closest full move to our planet. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles.

Supermoons occur when the moon’s orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full.

The moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as “the moon illusion.”

The occurrence is known as a “super snow moon” because of heavy snowfall that usually happens at this time of the year.