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Super Worm Moon: Final Supermoon of 2019 Arrives with Spring

Super Worm Moon: Final Supermoon of 2019 Arrives with Spring

For many this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get outside and see this unique moon, as the next such moon is not expected to grace our skies until 2044.

The arrival of spring and the supermoon will also almost coincide with an asteroid passing close to Earth, according to the Minor Planet Center.

The Worm Moon has also been referred to as the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon or Sugar Moon.

The supermoon comes a day after the moon reaches perigree, the closest point to Earth, making the full moon a supermoon, which makes it appear slightly larger than the full moon usually does.

And if you miss it, the next "first-day-of-spring" worm supermoon won't be for another 19 years.

Its unusual moniker is rooted in agricultural practices and is a nod to the emergence of worms in the soil around the time of the March full moon, although it is not the only sobriquet applied to a full moon in March: such an event is also known as a sap moon.

This point is reached when the Moon perfectly coincides with the fullest version of the Moon, meaning it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal.

The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens Greece on Feb. 19 2019. Tuesday’s full moon or supermoon appears brighter and bigger than other full moons because it is close to its perigee which is the closest point in
'Super Worm Moon' rises on first day of Spring

Every month, the full moon has a different name.

The moon's distance from the Earth changes because its orbit isn't a circle.

"There is this cool kind of illusion that happens where your brain thinks the moon looks bigger if you can see it near the horizon, because our brains compare it to trees and close objects", she said. When the moon is closest to Earth, astronomers call it "perigee", said Hanneke Weitering of Space.com. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee.

Bigger and brighter than a typical full moon, the term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle.

The next supermoon won't take place until 9 February 2020 but there will also be four super moons to know it will be the first of four that year.

And it'll be officially full at 10.53am EST according to NASA's Skycal.

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