The biggest supermoon of the year is coming next week. On Tuesday, February 19, the Super Snow Moon will be closer to earth than at any other time during the year. While it won’t be quite as dramatic as last month’s red Super Wolf Blood Moon total lunar eclipse (though that’s a pretty tough name to live up to), it does promise to be the biggest and brightest.
Supermoons occur any time the moon looks larger than usual due to its closeness to Earth, but the best supermoons, like the one next week, happen when they also coincide with a full moon. On February 19, the moon will be just 221,681 miles from Earth, which might sound pretty far, but it’s actually incredibly close.
You will have three chances to view next week’s supermoon from the US and Canada. The first comes on Monday evening at around 4:30 PM EST, then the following morning at 6:55 AM EST during sunrise, and again Tuesday night at 5:46 PM.
If you miss this one, the next supermoon occurs on March 20, the same day as the Spring Equinox, and is called the Super Worm Moon (not as romantic). And you’ll want to mark your calendar, as it will be the last supermoon of the year; the next one after that won’t happen until March 2020.