First of four Supermoons in 2020 appearing tonight
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
If you missed a glimpse on Sunday (we get it, because Daylight Saving Time has us all screwed up right now), there’s still time to set your sights on the March supermoon. Tonight, Monday, March 9 is the best night to view it.
Supermoons occur when the moon is within 90 percent of perigree, or when it's closest to Earth during its orbit, according to CNN. This is why the Moon appears so large and so bright in the nighttime sky.
March’s full moon is known as the Full Worm Moon because this is the season where the ground began to soften so that earthworms could appear, drawing more birds to feed, according to the Farmer's Almanac, and because it symbolizes the beginning of spring. This moon also has a ton of other names including the crow moon, the crust moon, the sap moon, the Lenten moon and the sugar moon — but Worm Moon is still our favorite.
We are getting four supermoons this year with the next one occurring on April 7. In the meantime, walk outside tonight and feast your eyes on the nighttime allusion of spring, which occurs March 19 — earlier than it has in more than a century. No broom challenge nor groundhog needed to predict that.
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