‘Full worm supermoon’ rises shortly after Wednesday evening’s spring equinox

Theresa Obrien
March 20, 2019

While that phrase may sound like something out of a children's book, the name actually has a legendary meaning.

This march, the full moon will also reach its peak within four hours of the spring equinox, the almanac said. The previous super moons which are commonly referred to as the "snow" and "wolf" moons occurred back January and February this year.

Spring begins at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday.

This marks the first time there's been a supermoon on Day 1 of spring since March 1981.

As with all celestial events, it pays to be away from bright city lights which have a tendency to pollute the night sky. (Image source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)What is Supermoon, full moon and worm moon?

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A supermoon - which typically happens two to three times per year - is a full moon that occurs at the moon's perigee, the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the earth, making it appear bigger and brighter in the sky.

March's full moon is also known as the Full Worm Moon.

It appears especially bright when viewed through a small telescope or binoculars. The asteroid, called 2019 EA2, will be even closer to Earth than the moon, according to the Minor Planet Center . The closest supermoon in recent times came November 14, 2016, when the moon was 221,524 miles from Earth, according to Space.com.

When asked about the weather conditions via Twitter, NWS replied: "Cloud cover looks to be pretty thick tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, so conditions for viewing the supermoon will not be ideal". According to a NASA Watch the Skies blog post, this will be the third super moon of the year.

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