Get set for ‘super snow moon’ next week, the biggest supermoon of the year
A “super snow moon,” the largest supermoon of the year, will shine over the North Carolina skies on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Fox News reported that the moon will rise at 5:46 p.m. Eastern time and set at 7:35 a.m. Feb. 20.
The moon will be about 221,734 miles from Earth, the closest full moon to our planet. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles.
Supermoons occur when the moon’s orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full.
The moon will appear particularly large when it is close to the horizon thanks to an optical illusion known as “the moon illusion.”
The occurrence is known as a “super snow moon” because of heavy snowfall that usually happens at this time of the year.