Tonight’s Super Worm Moon Marks 2019 Vernal Equinox

Full Moon from the mountain silhouettes landscape. My astronomy work.

Another lunar trifecta will present itself to those in the Northern Hemisphere this evening as the Super Worm Moon lands on the vernal equinox, marking the first day of spring. Not only is this the first time a supermoon has fallen on the spring equinox since 2000, but it’s also the final supermoon of the year ending a three-month back-to-back succession of lunar perigees that started with the Super Blood Wolf Moon.

The start of the supermoon will begin at 3:47pm (ET), becoming completely full at 9:43 p.m. (ET) when it is at its closest point to Earth, about 17,000 miles closer than its usual orbiting distance.

This shortened distance between Earth and the moon will make our natural satellite appear to be 14 percent larger and 12 percent brighter, compared to its average size and luminosity on any given night.

But why is it called a “Worm moon?” According to folklore the Worm moon was a moniker given to the last full moon before the spring equinox when the ground began to thaw and earthworms began to surface from the soil.

The equinox is another fascinating planetary phenomenon that occurs today, during which time the planet’s tilt is completely balanced, allowing both halves of the Earth to experience an equal amount of daylight. And from now until the autumnal equinox, the Northern Hemisphere will begin to see longer days, while the Southern Hemisphere’s days grow shorter.

With this transition into spring marked by such a stunning display of cosmic phenomena, it may be a good time to dwell on the concepts of rebirth and starting anew. Jump at the opportunities that are presenting themselves to you – this abundance of worms emerging from the ground might be a sign that it’s time to evoke your inner early bird.

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