The Super Worm Moon – 21st March 2019
The Super Worm Moon will be lighting up the night sky in the early hours of Thursday morning. It also happens to be the Spring Equinox! These two events happen just 4 hours apart. The last time these two events coincided as closely was way back in the year 2000. The next time we will see this will be in 2030!
Coinciding together, it will will signal the end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather (we hope!).
If you’re in the UK, the moon will be at its brightest at around 1.43am on Thursday 21st March.
However from the US your best chance of seeing it will be on Wednesday 20th March, at around 9.42pm EST and 6.42pm PST.
What is a Super Moon?
The moon follows an orbit around the Earth. This means that at certain points on its path, it can be further away, or closer to us – with a differential of about 30,000 miles. The closest point is called the perigee, and the furthest is the apogee. When a full moon falls on the perigee, it appears far bigger and brighter in the sky and becomes known as a Super Moon. The phenomenon is not actually that rare, and this month is the third in a trilogy that began with January’s full moon, and included a second in February.
Why is it called a Worm Moon?
The traditional Native American names for the full moons have become more common in today’s terms. January’s Wolf Moon was so called because that month’s full moon coincided with the howling of wolves on the plains of the USA, while the February Snow Moon is named after the snow often found on the ground during the month. The March full moon is known as the Worm Moon, because March is the month in which the ground would usually thaw and earthworms would reappear along with the return of robins. It has a number of other nicknames from other cultures, like the Crow Moon – because the cawing of crows that signal the end of winter.
What is the Spring equinox?
The Spring Equinox announces the arrival of Spring. A new season and a new energy with the sun in fiery Aries. Thus heralds the official start of the Astrological New Year. Now, we break through the shackles of winter and experience new beginnings. This is a great time to set goals, start or refresh relationships. The Spring, or Vernal, Equinox marks the astronomical start of spring, when the sun passes through the Earth’s equator. It will take place in the UK on March 20th at 9.58pm – just four hours before the Worm Super Moon.
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