Last month came the rare phenomenon that was a Super Blood Wolf Moon, and now February is set to bring another treat in the form of another supermoon.
It called a Super Snow Moon and it’s a combination of two things – a snow moon and a supermoon.
Native Americans and Europeans gave February the “snow moon” title because it was the month associated with heavy snowfall, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
According to NASA, 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.
The moon will technically reach peak fullness Tuesday morning around 10:54 a.m ET, however, moonrise will likely be the best time to snap a picture due to the optical illusion.
“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” NASA wrote in a blog post. “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”
Tuesday’s Super Snow Moon will be the second of three projected supermoons in 2019, with the third coming in March.
PHOTO: Sean Smith via NASA