This causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter in the night sky.
But Tuesday evening will bring the real show: what astronomers at NASA call a "perigean" moon, or "supermoon". Some people who have already got their eyes on the Super Snow Moon 2019 have shared pictures of the same on social media. The moon will be on its biggest phase, and also very close to the Earth, resulting in a moon that is 14% bigger and about 26% brighter. Other names include mid-winter moon, ice moon and storm moon.
Skygazers were treated to a rare sight last night and this morning as a Super Snow Moon was in full illumination.
A term originally coined by the Native American community, the term snow moon now features in the Old Farmer's Almanac and is said to refer more generally to a full moon during cold temperatures when snow is traditionally on the ground.
The moon's colour may also change if the Earth's atmosphere has more water vapour or smoke particles. That orbit is not perfectly circular - it has a slightly elliptical or oval shape - leading to the variation. The average distance between earth and moon is 3.84 lakh km.
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Compared to a full moon at apogee - its most distant point in orbit around Earth, when "micromoons" occur - a supermoon looks about 14% bigger and 30% brighter. It just so happens that this week's perigee will be about 362 miles (583 kilometers) closer to us than last month's supermoon, according to NASA.
There's no universally agreed-upon definition of a supermoon. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for "beginning", is expected to expected to reach the Moon on April 4.
On February 19, the moon will be only 356,846 km (222,000 miles) away from Earth, its shortest distance all year, leading the moon to appear around 10 percent bigger than usual.
As the first full moon of February, this supermoon is known as a snow moon, based on the typical cold, snowy weather in North America.
The handsome moon will reach its closest point to the earth at 9.06am in the United Kingdom, and will be at its fullest at 3.53pm.