Rare spring-equinox, super, full moon shines tonight

Thursday, 21 Mar, 2019

Strangely enough, we're not going to have to wait another 114 years to see another Equinox Super Worm Moon!

During this time, the moon will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual as it reaches its closes point to Earth.

Full moons in March have many names, including some drawn from Native American customs.

Along with the seasonal conditions, a supermoon, called the Worm Moon, will be present tonight.

The illuminated spectacle - known as the Worm Moon - will be the last of 2019's three back-to-back supermoons. According to National Geographic, this moon coincides with the time of year when earthworms begin to emerge from the thawing winter soil.

The full moon is also known as the worm moon: For millenniums, people across the world, including Native Americans in the eastern and central United States, named the months after nature's cues.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare moon's glimmer, it's best to head away from the bright lights and smog of major cities to improve your view.

March 2019 phases of the moon. /YouTube
March 2019 phases of the moon. /YouTube

Weather permitting, the moon will appear slightly larger in the sky on Wednesday night, according to NASA.

Wednesday marked a long-awaited beginning to the spring season for many in the Northern Hemisphere. So, equinoxes are for kicking off spring and autumn, while solstices are for celebrating peak summer and winter. Both these days witness equal day and night timings - both the days when the sun is directly above the equator.

Spring equinox doesn't always land on March 20, but it will always hold the same meaning: a brand new season.

The spring equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. June solstice and December solstice mark the start of the other two seasons.

Spring begins at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday.

This week's full Sugar Moon will rise in the sky like a springtime treat: A supermoon that shows up to mark the first day of Spring.