Super worm moon: Final supermoon of 2019 arrives with spring


While the "super worm moon" won't be as big and bright as last month's "super snow moon", it will still be quite the photogenic spectacle.

Why is this one called a super worm moon?

Weather permitting, the moon will appear slightly larger in the sky on Wednesday night, according to NASA. 2019 saw three supermoons, and they fell within the first three months of the year.

The insane thing with all this is the "full " happens on Wednesday at 8:43 p.m. local time. In February, the largest and brightest supermoon graced the night sky. (Image source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)What is Supermoon, full moon and worm moon? The next supermoons are set to light up the skies on March 9 and April 8, 2020.

Some Native American tribes also referred to this moon as the Full Crow Moon when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter, or the Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees. The last time we've seen a full moon rise on the same date as an equinox was in 1981, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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This close approach is called perigee by astronomers.

The "full worm" moon takes its name from a time when lunar cycles were used to track the season, according to the almanac.

The moon will appear very bright through binoculars or a small telescope, making it hard to see any details on the moon's surface. The asteroid 2019 EA2 will safely pass close to Earth, according to Minor Planet Center, a body of the International Astronomical Union that is responsible for the observation of minor bodies in the solar system (minor planets, comets, and natural satellites).

Temperatures will start to cool down Wednesday and continue the downward trajectory Thursday and Friday, though it's expected to remain sunny and clear.