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

A bird flies in front of the year’s first supermoon on 21 January 2019 in Lisbon. More

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year is coming to a sky near you on Tuesday.

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

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

"Supermoon is a popular term indicating a Full Moon or a New Moon happening when our satellite is close to its perigee, that is, its minimum distance from the Earth". It will be at its biggest and brightest.

Ireland will play witness to a super snow moon, which is slated to be the brightest moon of 2019.

Unfortunately it won't be quite as colourful as last month's super wolf moon - but it's promised to still be quite the natural display, nonetheless.

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Another Supermoon is expected on March 21, but will not be as large or bright as this one. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles. Heavy snowfall is also the reason for its alternative and more grim name, the "hunger moon".

The next supermoon of the year will take place on Tuesday, February 19, but the best time to watch it will be early in the morning (so set those alarms and try to avoid the snooze button).

When can people see the super snow moon?

"You don't have to wait around or look at the time".

'By Richard Nolle's definition, the full Moons in January, February, and March of 2019 will be supermoons, with the February Moon the brightest of the three'.

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. An annular solar eclipse is similar to a total solar eclipse, but the moon is too far away to completely obscure the sun.

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