"Super snow moon" will be 2019's biggest and brightest

File photo - An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington.

The combination of the two means a supermoon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

A "supermoon" is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. Also, this month's perigee is the closest of this year's 13 perigees. The event will officially occur in the morning, but when the moon crosses the night sky - it will be brighter than it will at any point of the year, or even until 2026, according to Forbes.

Online astronomy site EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to supermoons as perigean full moons - a term that simply refers to the moon being "near earth".

However, it seems possible that as shoppers head for the stores to get snow supplies, they may find themselves doing so by the light of a snow moon.

According to NASA, a supermoon was seen in January but it included a total lunar eclipse seen in all of North and South America.

On display in the night sky will be a super full moon on Tuesday, bigger and brighter than you can hope to see in the next seven years.

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If you really want to be wowed, your best bet is to check out the full moon when it rises in the east as the sun is setting in the west.

The moon will appear even bigger at the horizon, but don't be fooled by the optical illusion.

And the next time it'll get that close will be on November 25, 2034.

One astronomer says most people won't be able to notice any difference in the moon.

Adams adds that you can check the effect by holding a coin at arm's length so it covers the moon. It's being called the "super snow moon".

Unfortunately it won't be quite as colourful as last month's super wolf moon - but it's promised to still be quite the natural display, nonetheless.

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