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Biggest supermoon of 2019: 'Super snow moon' lights up the sky

Updated : 2019-02-20 10:14:38

The reason for the “super moon” is because the moon is in the right place at the right time. The moon’s 27.3-day orbit around our Earth is not quite a perfect circle. It’s a slight ellipse. That causes moon’s distance from us to vary over 30,000 miles in the course of its orbit. Its farthest distance, called apogee, is 252,000 miles. Its closest approach, called perigee, is a little over 220,000 miles. It just so happens that this month’s full moon is occurring when the moon is close to perigee, at about 222,000 miles away. (AP)

A super snow moon rises as people visit the Areios Pagos hill at the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. The phenomenon of
A super snow moon rises as people visit the Areios Pagos hill at the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. The phenomenon of "supermoon'' happened when the orb was the closest point to the earth and looked larger than usual. (Reuters)
A super snow moon rises next to a pod of a ferris wheel in downtown Malaga, southern Spain February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon rises next to a pod of a ferris wheel in downtown Malaga, southern Spain February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon is seen rising between clouds from the walk
A super snow moon is seen rising between clouds from the walk "Muelle Uno" in Malaga, southern Spain February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon is seen over the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon is seen over the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon is seen between the Propylaea at the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super snow moon is seen between the Propylaea at the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece February 19, 2019. (Reuters)
A super moon rises over the ice on the shore of Lake Superior, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Lutsen, Minn. (AP)
A super moon rises over the ice on the shore of Lake Superior, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Lutsen, Minn. (AP)
The full moon passes behind the World Trade Center in New York City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
The full moon passes behind the World Trade Center in New York City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
The full moon lights up the sky as it passes behind the World Trade Center in New York City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
The full moon lights up the sky as it passes behind the World Trade Center in New York City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
A passenger jet is silhouetted against the rising full moon as it takes off from Sky Harbor airport Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP)
A passenger jet is silhouetted against the rising full moon as it takes off from Sky Harbor airport Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP)
A full moon is seen rising behind the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
A full moon is seen rising behind the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP)
The full moon rises behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (AP)
The full moon rises behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. (AP)
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