The moon equinox begins and
This time of year is when we Celebrate the beginning of spring on Wednesday, March 20, under a supermoon, the last in a series of three and the final supermoon of 2019. The moon, which will appear bigger and brighter because of the supermoon effect, rises just hours after the spring or vernal equinox, which occurs at 5:58 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
The moon rises at 6:48 p.m. EDT. To catch the full effect, look toward the east horizon around sunset when the moon is still hugging the horizon. The moon turns full at 9:43 p.m. EDT.
Bigger and brighter than a typical full moon, the term “supermoon” was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. It’s become an increasingly more popular and media-friendly term in the decades since then.
The full moon is also known as the worm moon: For millennia, people across the world, including Native Americans in the eastern and central USA, named the months after nature’s cues. According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, each full moon has its own name.
The sun’s new angle during the equinox will change the length of your shadow, but conditions would have to be perfect for this to happen. For example, you’d have to be standing right at the equator when the clock strikes noon to avoid casting a shadow, according to Accuweather.
How to see the ‘super worm equinox moon,’
Some of the best spots to see the moon will be on higher ground, such as Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Alexandra Palace.
Ancient people used to mark the changing seasons by following the lunar months, naming the months after the features associated with that season.
The last full moon of winter is therefore called the Worm Moon because this is the time of year when earthworms start to appear after the icy ground thaws.
A supermoon happens only when a full moon aligns with the point closest to the earth in the moon’s elliptical orbit, known as the perigee.
During this time, the moon will appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual as it reaches its closes point to Earth.
The “Worm Moon” supermoon will light up the night sky when it appears in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Coinciding with the Spring Equinox, the supermoon will mark the end of winter and the beginning of some warmer weather to come.
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Thursday’s celestial spectacular completes the hattrick of supermoons visible in our skies over winter, with January 21 2019 seeing a “super blood moon” and February 19 2019 a “super snow moon”.