The Super Snow Moon will light up the skies on February 19

The August 2014 Supermoon

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

February's full moon is known as the "snow moon" because of the heavy snowfall that often occurs at that time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Australians will be able to see the supermoon in the early hours of February 20, with the absolute "peak time" being at about 2:53am AEST for those on the east coast, according to the lunar calendar.

This effect is called a "moon illusion" which scientists believe is the human brain comparing the moon to other objects nearby. It's predicted to be the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019. At that moment - what astronomers call lunar perigee - our natural satellite will be 221,681 miles away from the planet.

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In the United Kingdom, the moon will be closest to earth at 9.06am, but at that time you probably won't be able to see it as the sun will be up.

For people watching the celestial event in New York City, the Moon will rise at 5:46 p.m. and set at 7:35 a.m. on February 20, according to the U.S.

Instead, you'll need to wait until after the moon rises at 5.11pm.

The sky-gazing spectacle - the biggest event since last month's "super blood wolf moon eclipse" - will feature a supermoon, meaning the moon is both full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it's closest to the Earth, Space.com reported.

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The super snow moon is the second of three super moons expected in 2019, with the third to come on 21 March.

Online astronomy site EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to supermoons as perigean full moons - a term that simply refers to the moon being "near earth".

Other names include "No Snow in the Trails Moon" by the Zuni tribe in the southwest, and "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon" by the Wishram tribe in the northwest.

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

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