Friday, 26 April, 2019

Super worm moon: Final supermoon of 2019 arrives with spring

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Sandra Phillips | 19 March, 2019, 21:56

"The moon becomes full only a few hours later at 9:43 pm EDT".

The final supermoon of the year is coming this week and it's happening just a short time after the official start of spring. According to a NASA Watch the Skies blog post, this will be the third super moon of the year.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the March full moon will reach its peak at the spring equinox, on Wednesday, March 20.

The previous super moons which are commonly referred to as the "snow" and "wolf" moons occurred back January and February this year. The moon will be approximately 220,000 miles from Earth, however, binoculars or a telescope will come in handy to spot the "Super Worm Moon" on March 20.

Winter ends Wednesday at 5:58 p.m., the moment of vernal equinox.

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A full moon and the spring equinox ending up so close to each other is a special treat. It will be the first time in almost 40 years that the full moon has coincided so closely with the vernal equinox, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The Super Worm Equinox Moon will be the smallest of 2019's three Supermoons. In fact, it can appear as much as 30 percent brighter than normal. The asteroid, called 2019 EA2, will be even closer to Earth than the moon, according to the Minor Planet Center .

At perigee - the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth - it will be 224173 miles (360,772 kms) from Earth.

And the full worm supermoon means the moon will be orbiting at its perigee, or the closest point to Earth while remaining a full moon. Also used to describe it: Crow Moon and Lenten Moon.

With a prediction of clear skies, record-breaking temperatures and a super full moon that's synced with the debut of spring, it could be a stellar week for sky-gazing evenings in the Puget Sound region. It should stay dry through the evening, with rain possible later at night.

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