Snow moon 2019: How to watch this year's brightest supermoon

CNET | 2/19/2019 | Eric Mack
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The moon, or supermoon, as it sets over the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

Another supermoon is set to grace the celestial stage this week, and it's the largest and brightest our natural satellite will appear all year.

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We get a supermoon when the moon is full or nearly full and also at its closest point to Earth along its slightly elliptical orbit. This close approach is called perigee by astronomers. In 2019, there are three supermoons and they fall in the first three months of the year.

You may recall in January we had the spectacle of the "super blood wolf moon" in which a lunar eclipse or "blood moon" coincided with a supermoon and the first full moon of the calendar year, traditionally called the wolf moon.

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This Tuesday night will bring the "super snow moon." Due to a number of nuances in the interactions between the sun, Earth and moon, the distance between us and and each supermoon varies a bit. It just so happens that this week's perigee will be about 362 miles (583 kilometers) closer to us than last month's supermoon, according to NASA.

You'd need to have a remarkably trained eye to notice the difference between each supermoon. It's hard enough to even see the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, which only appears up to 14 percent larger in the sky and maybe 30 percent brighter.

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If you really want to be wowed, your best bet is to check out the full moon when it rises in the east as the sun is setting in...
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