Watch February's super snow moon, year's brightest

The super snow moon is the second of three super moon's this year. Credit PA Images

The super snow moon is the second of three super moon's this year. Credit PA Images

February's "supermoon" or "perigean" moon will be the second of three in a row.

The brightness of the moon also increases when there's a supermoon.

Many astronomy enthusiasts, photographers and curious crowds flocked to Bedok Jetty, and had their cameras pointed at the sky, even before the supermoon was visible from about 7.30pm.

After January's Super Blood Moon, stargazers are getting ready for yet another stunning sight tonight as a Super Snow Moon or Hunger Moon will grace the skies.

It's not an unusual event in the context of our human existence on Earth. Black Moon is a term used when there is no full moon or new moon in a month or there is an additional new moon that appears in a month or in a season. Ideal locations to see the moon included those with a clear view of the eastern horizon, such as East Coast Park and Labrador Park.

Native Americans and Europeans gave February the "snow moon" title because it was the month associated with heavy snowfall, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. That's because it's winter in the northern hemisphere, and snow often blankets the ground during this time.

The third and farthest supermoon for 2019, the Worm Moon, will occur on March 21. It's about 356,800km (221,700 miles) away.

These points are called apogee and perigee. That's a minimum-maximum difference of 31,200 miles.

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As NASA explains on its website: "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon - and that's where we get a "super moon".

Previous year in February, there wasn't any full moon terming it as black moon.

Astrologer Richard Nolle defines the supermoon as "a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is at (or near) within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in its orbit".

On 19 February, skygazers in the United Kingdom will be treated to the biggest and brightest full moon of 2019, dubbed the Super Snow Moon.

There's no universally agreed-upon definition of a supermoon. The moon's distance from Earth varies because its orbit is not circular, but elliptical.

EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to "supermoons" as perigean full moons - a term that simply refers to the moon being "near earth". "The moon is one of the few celestial objects - along with the sun - that hasn't quite been drowned out by rampant and excessive light pollution due to the conversion to bluer LED lamps".

Kevin Loria contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

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