The super snow moon is coming; it’s the biggest supermoon of the year

Overnight Monday and Tuesday are the best times to watch it

The super snow moon is the biggest supermoon of the year

(Gray News) – There’s a full moon starting Tuesday morning and it’s the brightest one of the year.

It’s called a super snow moon. It’s a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon.

Snow moon is the traditional name for the second full moon of the year “due to the typically heavy snowfall of February,” according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens at the time of the month when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

During a supermoon, the moon appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a micromoon, when our closest neighbor is farthest away in its orbit around Earth, NASA says.

The super snow moon officially crests Tuesday at 10:53 a.m. ET after the sun is already up, but if you catch it overnight Monday or Tuesday it will essentially look the same to the naked eye.

Enjoy your moon watching.

Phases of the moon over a year

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