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Almost a month after January's "Super Wolf Blood Moon" illuminated the moon (and social media) in a red-orange hue, February's full moon will bring the largest and brightest "supermoon" of the year.

A "supermoon" is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. When the full moon coincides with perigee, it becomes a supermoon.

In the United States, the moon will reach full peak until Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10:54 a.m. ET, which means it won't be visible for most.

The Snow Moon, which also goes by the names Hunger Moon and Storm Moon, has been known to humans for thousands of years. Instead, viewers will have to wait until moonrise, which will occur at 6:39 p.m.in Tampa, according to timeanddate.com.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the February moon was given the "Snow Moon" moniker "due to the typically heavy snowfall of February".

The handsome moon will reach its closest point to the earth at 9.06am in the United Kingdom, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm.

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In contrast, when the moon is at its furthest point from the earth it is 405,500km away (253,000 miles).

While the upcoming "super snow moon" won't be the extravagant astronomical spectacle that January's "super blood wolf moon eclipse" was, it will be larger and brighter, and definitely command attention in the sky.

This is a size comparison of the moon on the supermoon night of November 13-14, 2016.

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

February's full moon is the middle of three supermoons in a row. If that happens, there's still the third and final supermoon of 2019, which comes in exactly four weeks on March 19.

As an amateur astronomer, you can field comments and questions from family, friends, co-workers, and others regarding the supermoon in one of two ways.


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