'Super worm equinox moon' will be the last supermoon of 2019

Spring Equinox

For many this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get outside and see this unique moon, as the next such moon is not expected to grace our skies until 2044. On Thursday evening, our moon will "only" be 224,173 miles (360770 km) from Earth, which is about 14,000 miles closer than average, EarthSky reported.

The March Full Moon is named "Worm Moon", along with "Crow Moon", "Sap Moon" and "Lenten Moon".

"We don't always have, during the equinox, a full moon, it can be any phase of the moon", said Dr Emily Brunsden, director of the University of York's Astrocampus.

According to "The Old Farmer's Almanac", this full moon is also called the "worm moon", or "sap moon" in the northern hemisphere because of the way the ground begins to soften, allowing earthworms to appear and inviting the return of robins and other spring birds.

"A lot of the names that are used to describe the full moons throughout the year come from a native North American tradition so things like the appearance of wolves or the snow", said Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The March 20 "Supermoon" vs the May 18 Full Moon.

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He added that if the shooter had managed to enter the mosque all of the worshippers would probably have been killed. New Zealand has tried to tighten laws before but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied efforts.

Eastern Time. Just four hours later, you'll also be able to watch a stunning celestial phenomenon as the spring super moon reaches fullness in the night sky.

This one on March 20 is the last of 2019 and it can be decades before they coincide with another event like the equinox.

It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon's closest approach to the Earth - making it a supermoon - and will be the last such event in 2019. Therefore, it appears larger and brighter in the sky.

"There is this cool kind of illusion that happens where your brain thinks the moon looks bigger if you can see it near the horizon, because our brains compare it to trees and close objects", she said.

A supermoon takes place when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closest to Earth. AccuWeather reports the next supermoon isn't set to rise until february 9, 2020.

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