Full worm supermoon on deck: What you need to know

Full worm supermoon on deck: What you need to know

March's full moon will attain peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EDT Monday, in response to the Old Farmer's Almanac. There's also a point in which the moon is furthest from the earth, called the apogee.

A Full Moon at perigee appears slightly bigger and brighter and is known as Supermoon. It's called a supermoon.

A full Moon coinciding - or nearly - with perigee is now pretty common, so the Super Worm Moon is only the second of four supermoons in a row in 2020.

Some experts described the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. It's also called the crow moon or sap moon.

How close will the March 2020 supermoon be?

The closest full supermoon of the 21st century will occur on December 6, 2052. The moon as we know rotates around the earth, not in a flawless circle, but rather more of an elliptical shape.

At that time, the moon can appear up to 14 percent larger and as much as 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon, although the difference is sometimes imperceptible to the naked eye.

Astronomers advise photographers to download apps and maps to track the progress of the moon across the sky, in order to make sightings easier.

Monday's moon will be 222,081 miles away from the Earth when it turns full, according to EarthSky.org. Every full moon has its personal identity. You'll be able to spot it above the horizon from 5.35pm on Monday.

The corn and harvest moons were named to coincide with the peak of the harvest season, during which time farmers could work late into the night under the light of the Moon.

March's full moon has all these nicknames because they're all signs of the coming spring.

Among the other nicknames for the March full moon are the crow moon, crust moon, chaste moon, sap moon and sugar moon, timeanddate.com says.

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