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A supermoon rises over Seattle on New Year’s Day 2018. Another one should be visible next week

A supermoon rises over Seattle on New Year’s Day 2018. Another one should be visible next week

The spectacular lunar display is known as the "snow moon" because it often appears along with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

On January 21 the earth's natural satellite turned a striking shade of red and occurred when Earth passed precisely between the Sun and the Moon. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, on february 19, around 10:53 a.m. EST is the time when the Moon will be closest to the Earth.

This month, the moon will be closest to Earth at 4:07 a.m. EST Feb. 19.

According to USA Today, the moon will only be about 221,000 miles from Earth, which is about 17,000 miles closer than the average.

The year's biggest and brightest supermoon will appear this week. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee.

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. January's coincided with a total lunar eclipse-an event where the moon passes directly through Earth's shadow.

February's full moon is known as the snow moon as it arrives during one of the coldest periods of the year.

For sky watchers on the east coast, the moon will rise around 5:46 p.m. Tuesday and set at about 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the U.S.

However, the moon will look its biggest and brightest at 6:55 a.m. EST (hence the aforementioned early-morning wake-up call).

On February 19, the Earth-Moon distance will be about 356,800 kilometers, making the moon 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter compared to its appearance at its average distance from Earth, said expert from the Purple Mountain Observatory of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Just remember roughly around sunset go and look at the moon.

So whilst the snow or hunger moon sounds poetic to modern ears, it would have reminded our ancestors of the perilous risk they faced during the cold seasons.

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