‘Snow Moon’ Set To Grace Celestial Stage Tuesday Evening, Brightest ‘Supermoon’ This Year

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Up to 30 percent brighter than normal full moon

ABOVE VIDEO: Tuesday’s Full Snow Moon will be the largest supermoon of 2019

(CBS NEWS) – Another supermoon is set to grace the celestial stage Tuesday evening, and it’s the largest and brightest our natural satellite will appear all year.

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.

Tuesday evening 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 closer to us than last month’s supermoon, according to NASA.

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