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‘Super snow moon’ stuns as the largest supermoon 2019 lights of the sky

The Empire State building is seen as a super moon rises in New York on Feb. 19, 2019 (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Skygazers around the world enjoy the “super snow moon” as the largest supermoon 2019 lights of the sky.

For skywatchers in New York City, Earth’s natural satellite rose at 5:46 pm to 7:35 pm on Feb. 20, according to the U. S. Naval Observatory.

February’s full moon is known as the “snow moon” as a result of the heavy snowfall, which often occurs at that time of the year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. As a result, the Feb. 19 supermoon is called the “super snow moon.”

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Supermoons occur when the Moon is in its orbit brings it to the nearest point on the Earth, while the Moon is full. Photographers were already on the capture of beautiful photos of the supersize Moon on Feb. 18 and early Tuesday morning.

The full moon rises behind the Graca Convent in Lisbon, Tuesday, Feb. 19 2019.(AP Photo/Armando Franca)

“As a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to the Earth] it is a bit brighter and larger than a normal full moon and that is where we have a ‘supermoon’,” says NASA on its website, noting that the term was coined in 1979.

The Moon is 221,734 miles away from the Earth during the super snow moon, according to EarthSky, the next full moon to the Earth in 2019. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 238,855 miles.

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The Moon seems especially large when it is close to the horizon due to an optical illusion known as “the moon illusion.”

An Emirates Air Line cable cars is silhouetted against the background of the ‘supermoon’ in Greenwich, London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the satellite is still a source of fascination for researchers, and the general public.

China, for example, recently became the first country to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

ISRAEL SET TO LAUNCH HISTORIC MOON LANDING MISSION

Israel is set to embark on a historic mission to land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.

The moon rises over the henon on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The unmanned Beresheet spacecraft will launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket later this week. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for ‘beginning’, it is expected that expected to reach the Moon on 4 April.

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The full moon rises behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in Minsk, belarus, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

The israeli non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, told reporters on Monday that the launch is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and on Thursday. The launch was originally scheduled for last December.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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