Super worm moon to rise on first day of spring

Olive Hawkins
March 19, 2019

The "full worm" moon takes its name from a time when lunar cycles were used to track the season, according to the almanac. The new year began with a bang when an incredible Super Blood Wolf Moon loomed in the skies.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "the last time the full moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (four hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981".

The third and final supermoon of 2019, it reaches 100 percent fullness at 9:43 p.m.

The fact that this full moon is also a supermoon makes it even more unusual. As long as it's a clear evening, the moon will appear at its biggest and brightest.

And if this week's full moon puts an extra spring in your step, who could blame you? Full moons that occur in March are often called "worm moons" because spring brings warmer temperatures - and, therefore, more worms, CNET reports.

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The next supermoon won't rise again until february 9, 2020, accuweather.com says. Typically, three to five supermoons occur in any year.

The arrival of spring and the supermoon will also almost coincide with an asteroid passing close to Earth, according to the Minor Planet Center. The asteroid will fly by Earth at 190,246 miles away, which is actually closer than the moon.

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. Higher-than-normal tides and some coastal flooding also are frequent concerns during a perigee moon.

In the Washington region, the full moon rises in the eastern sky at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, shortly before sunset at 7:19 p.m.

The "Super Worm Moon" is considered a super moon, because it will appear roughly 10 percent larger than average on Wednesday night.

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