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Get ready for the 'Super Snow Moon': The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will light up the skies on Tuesday

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17-02-2019 Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com
The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse, known as the "Super Blood Wolf Moon", in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman © Getty The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse, known as the "Super Blood Wolf Moon", in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Stargazers will enjoy a stunning sight this week as a rare 'super snow moon' is set to appear in the night sky. 

The supermoon will emerge on February 19 and will be the largest and brightest full moon of 2019. 

The Super Snow Moon will dazzle the skies on Tuesday February 19. A supermoon pictured rising above a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Buffalo New York in December 2017 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Super Snow Moon will dazzle the skies on Tuesday February 19. A supermoon pictured rising above a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Buffalo New York in December 2017 It's the second of three supermoons to light up the skies this year, following the Super Blood Wolf Moon that took place on January 21 and preceding yet another on March 21.

The spectacular lunar display is known as the 'snow moon' because it often appears along with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.  

a sunset over a city: It is the second supermoon of the year and will be the biggest and brightest. A super Blood Moon pictured in January 2018 in Beijing, China  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It is the second supermoon of the year and will be the biggest and brightest. A super Blood Moon pictured in January 2018 in Beijing, China 

The full moon names date back to Native Americans living in northern and eastern parts of the U.S. 

'The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occured,' according to the almanac.  

a close up of a fruit: It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019. On January 21, 2019 a Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse took place, making the moon appear red and orange (above) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It's the second of three supermoons to take place in 2019. On January 21, 2019 a Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse took place, making the moon appear red and orange (above) But what exactly is a supermoon? 

A supermoon is a phenomena that occurs when the moon's orbit is closest to Earth making it appear full, bright, and larger than life. 

'When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that's where we get a "supermoon,"' NASA explains on their website. 

February 19's full moon is the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. The first full moon, the Super Blood Wolf Moon, pictured above on January 20, 2019 in San Diego, California © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited February 19's full moon is the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy. The first full moon, the Super Blood Wolf Moon, pictured above on January 20, 2019 in San Diego, California

On February 19, the moon will be 221,734 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky. 

For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46pm and will set at 7.35am on February 20, as per the U.S. Naval Observatory. 

a screenshot of a computer: The moon will appear full on February 19 and 19 and will also be accompanied by the star Regulus, which is the brightest in the constellation Leo the Lion © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The moon will appear full on February 19 and 19 and will also be accompanied by the star Regulus, which is the brightest in the constellation Leo the Lion And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal. 

Though the moon is officially fullest on Tuesday morning, it'll still be visible from Sunday to Tuesday evening. 

a close up of text on a black surface © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

It'll appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.  

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.  

Although this moon is closer to earth than the last, it will not be as colorful as the 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' eclipse that wowed the skies in January.   

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