February's Supermoon Is The Brightest And Biggest Of The Year

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Astrologer Richard Nolle defined the term back in 1979 as a "new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit".

February's full moon is also referred to as "Snow Moon" traditionally, as this is the month where the US sees its heavy snowfall. Due to the constant fluctuations with distances between the Earth and the moon, the best Supermoons occur when the earth and moon are at they're closest.

This moon appears this big because it is closest to the Earth's orbit.

Find out your local time for moonrise and moonset here or watch a livestream of the supermoon seen from Rome.

The Irish Sun reports that the moon should be closest to Earth at 9.06am in Ireland, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm.

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Stuff reader Kevin Nansett sent us some pictures taken from his deck in Atawhai, Nelson, while Gavin Baker in Titirangi, Auckland, got some close-up shots through a telescope. You can catch it when it starts to rise at 5:31 p.m. Tuesday in Boston (or, you can check your location here for when the moon rises and sets). Unlike January's super blood wolf moon eclipse, this supermoon will not appear blood orange in color.

It was not only sky watchers, particularly selenophiles, that were attracted to the Snow Moon. The Moon could appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual, so get your phones out for the spectacular photos. The March moon is called a Worm Moon, so the next month's Super Moon will be dubbed Super Worm Moon.

The biggest supermoon of the year will be visible later this evening, with a forecast of mostly clear or partly cloudy skies for most of the country.

In fact, a supermoon is also likely in the month of March as well. This February's Super Moon's centre will be 356.846 kilometres from the Earth's.

February's full moon is also known as the snow moon.

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