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Stargazers will be treated to the largest, brightest supermoon of 2019 when it lights up the night sky on Tuesday, weather permitting. This will be the second of three back-to-back supermoons, with the first occurring on Jan. 21, and the third falling on March 21. For those who are unfamiliar with supermoons, it’s basically a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit around our planet. This makes the moon appear larger and more luminous than ordinary full moons. Read more for another video providing more tips on getting the best view of this phenomenon.
“This month, the moon will be closest to Earth at 4:07 a.m. EST Feb. 19. At that moment — what astronomers call lunar perigee — our natural satellite will be 221,681 miles away from the planet. On average, the moon is about 240,000 miles from Earth; the greatest distance the moon gets from Earth — what’s known as lunar apogee — is about 253,000 miles,” reports NBC.