#SHARE61: Super Worm Moon!

#SHARE61: Super Worm Moon!

The third and final supermoon of the year is set to occur on the same day as the Spring Equinox, the first day of Spring.

It should be a attractive first day of spring Wednesday as temperatures in metro Phoenix jump above average into the low 80s. People call it the Super Worm Moon. Why?

Wednesday's full moon is also a supermoon, as mentioned above.

The "super worm moon" is the last supermoon of 2019, but new supermoons will return next year on March 9 and April 8. The picture shows the moon setting behind the Les Jumelles Mountains in Plambuit, Switzerland.

So why the name for the latest supermoon?

Similarly, the full moon in January is known as the wolf moon.

The term "Worm moon" is due to the fact that the ground is about to unfreeze and the earthworms will start to come back to the surface.

"Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers) from Earth". The "super" and "moon" are quite understandable, given that this will result in a fairly bigger and brighter moon. This image (above) shows the phenomenon above the NY skyline. The farthest point of the ellipse is called the apogee. This phenomenon will make the moon appear 14 percent larger and 12 times brighter than usual, leading to a "supermoon".

February 19 will see the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy.

Using NASA data, USA Today reported that this supermoon will be 224,173 miles (360,771 kilometres) from Earth.

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

He also pointed out that this will mark the first full moon of spring. But the year may have saved the best for last, given the coincidental timing with the March equinox at 5:58p EDT (21:58 UT) on 20 March 20, less than 4 hours before the Supermoon arrives.

Vancouver's sky will be the backdrop to an unusual lunar occurrence Wednesday night: the worm supermoon coinciding with the vernal equinox.

Every month, the full moon has a different name.

The "Blood Moon" rises behind Roker lighthouse, Sunderland.



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