The third supermoon of the year, known as the ‘Full Worm Moon’ will take place today, March 20 marking the Spring Equinox, the first day of Spring.
The March Supermoon is called after Native Americans’ traditions of predicting seasonal changes and is popularly known as the ‘Full Worm Supermoon’.
However, it is also referred to as the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon or Sugar Moon.
According to astronomers, the moon will appear brightest at around 01:43 GMT.
The Supermoon will also coincide with an asteroid passing close to Earth.
The third supermoon of 2019 is referred to as the ‘Full Worm Super Moon’ after the Native Americans’ seasonal observations where worms are seen emerging from the ground at the start of Spring.
According to Moongiant, northern tribes in the US referred to the event as the Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signalized the end of winter, and start of spring.
But this year’s supermoon is also called an “equinox” moon since it takes place on the same day as the spring equinox.
NASA announced the event on Twitter:
“Today’s full Moon is also… wait for it… a supermoon! The moon is close to its perigee, which is the closest point in its orbit to Earth. This means this full moon appears brighter and bigger than other full moons throughout the year,” the space agency wrote.
The event will be a remarkable one, not only because we’ll observe a supermoon, and the spring equinox, but because the rising full moon will look a bit larger and brighter than usual, as Earth’s satellite is near its closest approach to Earth on its monthly way around our planet.
The March 20 event comes soon after January’s stunning “Super Blood Moon Eclipse” and February’s “Super Snow Moon.”
But what is a Supermoon?
No, it is not when the moon gets special powers and turns into a superhero.
In fact, astronomers don’t call it a supermoon, they just refer to it as a… wait for it… full moon.
But moons and events that happen with the moon tend to get different nicknames and names since time immemorial. (It’s in the human nature to dramatize and elevate things, I guess…)
The term Supermoon isn’t an actual astronomical term.
A Supermoon is a term used to describe our satellite at its perigee; the closest approach of the moon to the Earth on its monthly, elliptical orbit.
The point when the moon is located at its furthest point away from the Earth is called an apogee.
The March Supermoon will also coincide with an asteroid zipping past Earth. Don’t worry, it isn’t a doomsday scenario.
As explained by CNN, the space rock 2019 EA2, will pass by Earth at 190,246 miles away — closer than the moon.
It’s approximately 79 feet in diameter, which means it is a bit larger than the asteroid that streaked through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, creating a massive explosion in the sky.