What's a Super Worm Moon?


March's creepy full moon, called the "Super Worm Moon", will light up the night sky on the first day of spring.

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.

It will also happen at around the same time that an asteroid passes by the Earth's surface.

Supermoons occur when the moon is full or almost full and also at its closest point to Earth along its slightly elliptical orbit, according to NASA.

Backing up a sec: A supermoon happens when the moon is closest to the Earth, explains Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta.

If you want to avoid the possibility of clouds interfering with your view Wednesday evening in Washington, Tuesday night's Moon is pretty close to full at 96 percent or greater illumination.

The March full moon is also known as a "full sap moon" - a reference to the time of year when sap starts to flow from maple trees. Despite its slightly unsettlingly names the "worm moon" actually signifies the official start of spring which after a long awful winter, pretty much makes it my favorite moon of all time.

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What will the "super worm moon" look like?


Mars and Venus are also square for this full moon, which can make relationships feel extra sexy, Page adds.

During a lunar eclipse, Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sunlight falling on the moon. And because the size of the Moon's orbit varies slightly with each lunar cycle, perigee is not always the same distance from month to month.

This point is reached when the moon perfectly coincides with the fullest version of the moon, meaning it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal.

People in the Northern Hemisphere will see the moon first.

The "Blood Moon" rises behind Roker lighthouse, Sunderland.