A special treat is expected in the night sky on the first day of spring!
The Equinox Super Worm Moon will rise on the same date as the first day of spring on Wednesday. The moon will become full at 9:42 p.m., almost 4 hours after the vernal equinox which is at 5:58 p.m.
The full moon also occurs at the same time the moon will be closest to earth. This is known as its perigee, but you may have heard it referred to as a “supermoon.” A supermoon moon is considered slightly bigger and brighter than any other full moon but unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell just by looking at it.
This month’s moon is also called the “Worm Moon.” Based on folklore, the name was given to this month’s moon because it’s the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and earthworms would start to emerge from the soil.
This super moon is the third of three to happen this year and the last for 2019. The previous two supermoons happened in January and February.
You may remember the Super Blood Wolf Moon on January 21. That supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse, aka a blood moon. Then, there was the super moon on February 19 called the Super Snow Moon. Snow referenced the name of the moon for that month.
The moon will rise in the east around 7:32 p.m. on the first day of Spring and will set the morning of March 21 in the west around 8:19 a.m.
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