How to watch the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2019.



Yellow moon in the night sky.

On February 19, a "super moon of snow" rises on the banks of the Loire in Lavau-sur-Loire, in the west of France.

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Just after last month's Blood Blood Wolf Super Moon, a huge snow moon must appear in the sky Tuesday night. The Snow Moon should be the largest and brightest supermoon of 2019.

The full moon has already occurred Tuesday at 10:53 EST, but it will only really be visible when the sky darkens. For maximum impact, NASA recommends watching the moon rise to the east when the sun sets around 5:30 pm local time. The supermoon should be visible in almost all of North America. However, snow clouds may soon begin to appear in some parts of the country, which could hinder some views of the moon. Residents of cloudy areas can still watch the moon via the virtual telescope project and Slooh data feeds.

Supermons occur when the moon is closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbital path, also called perigee. Tuesday's moon is actually closest to Earth this year, 362 miles shy of the wolf moon last month.

Native Americans have dubbed February's full moons as "snow moons" because of the cold weather; that's why tonight's event is called a super-moon of snow.

The third and final supermoon of the year will be held on March 19th.


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