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This Is Why February’s Full Supermoon Is The Biggest, Brightest Full Moon Until 2026

24 Feb 2019, 15:01 UTC
This Is Why February’s Full Supermoon Is The Biggest, Brightest Full Moon Until 2026
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The word Supermoon came into popular use in 2011, where three Supermoons in a row graced the night sky. Shown here is the central one, observed over Munich, Germany. Supermoons are brighter and closer than any other full Moons experienced on Earth, corresponding to lunar perigee coinciding with the full phase. (KAI SCHREIBER / FLICKR)It’s a rare occasion for orbits to align so perfectly. Enjoy the sights this Tuesday.On Tuesday, February 19th, the Moon will reach perigee, its closest point of approach to planet Earth. On that same day, just a few hours earlier, its surface will be 100% illuminated by the Sun, creating a perfectly full Moon. This combination of the Moon’s closest approach to Earth and the Moon reaching its moment of greatest illumination together not only creates a Supermoon, but one that’s maximally bright as seen from Earth.From the Americas, the biggest, brightest moments will come before dawn early Tuesday morning; for Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, the best views will be after sunset on Tuesday night. If you’re only going to see the Moon once this year, this is the ultimate time to do it.But if you miss it, you won’t get a Supermoon as big ...

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