Tonight there's a super snow moon

A super blood moon lit up the sky last month. Credit PA Images

Astronomers said the rock is approximately 150 miles closer to Earth than it has been for nearly 30 years. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. There won't be another as close to the Earth until 2026.

The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 253,000 miles (405,500 kilometers) from Earth on average.

The moon, or supermoon, as it sets over the Martin Luther King Jr.

November 2016 was the closest that the moon has been to the earth.

Just a month ago, Trinidad and Tobago witnessed a spectacular occurrence - a total lunar eclipse and a bonus Super Blood Wolf Moon, all in one.

Now, it's also called the snow moon. Given that it is a Super Moon today, it is being called a Super Snow Moon. This makes it appear larger and brighter than normal. Other names of the February moon are storm moon, ice moon or bone.

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Good news for sky watchers and selenophiles, the next full moon is set to be the biggest and brightest of the year, according to NASA. the "super snow moon" as it is being called, will cross the skies next Tuesday on February 19.

When is the Super Snow Moon 2019 and will it be visible in India?

Meanwhile, social media users from across the world also shared their view of the supermoon, with sightings in Thailand and Japan, among others.

Head here for a detailed breakdown of the best times to catch a glimpse but, well, you, know, maybe look up in the sky at 'that big pizza pie'. Do this at moonrise when the moon appears huge on the horizon and later when it looks smaller high in the sky and you'll see that the same size coin covers the moon the whole night. It will also be about 1,627 miles closer than the next supermoon, which happens on March 19.

February's full moon is sometimes referred to by its Native American or traditional name, the "snow moon". You don't need any special equipments to watch the full moon.

When it comes to the science behind the cosmic phenomenon, according to NASA, a super moon unfolds when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full.

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