Supermoon 2019: "Super worm equinox moon", last supermoon of 2019, starts tonight

Michele Stevens
March 20, 2019

AccuWeather reports the next supermoon isn't set to rise until february 9, 2020.

What is a supermoon? As the name implies, super moons (also known as "perigee full moons") appear brighter and bigger than normal, which makes makes for stunning views and great photographic opportunities.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "the last time the full moon and the spring equinox coincided this closely (four hours apart) was in March 2000, but the last time they occurred on the same date was on March 20, 1981".

However, it is relatively rare for a supermoon to coincide with the Spring Equinox.

"Interestingly enough, the March full moon will also be the first full moon of meteorological spring [which began on March 1]", continues Samuhel.

This close approach is called perigee by astronomers.

"To really get the detail of the moon's surface, you should be using focal lengths of around 200mm".

Using NASA data, USA Today reported that this supermoon will be 224,173 miles from Earth. The closest supermoon in recent times came November 14, 2016, when the moon was 221,524 miles from Earth, according to Eastern from the GFS weather model.

For those who are exhausted by all the recents supermoons, the "super worm moon" will be the last supermoon of the year. On the West Coast, sunset is generally a little after 7 this time of year.

With a prediction of clear skies, record-breaking temperatures and a super full moon that's synced with the debut of spring, it could be a stellar week for sky-gazing evenings in the Puget Sound region. It should stay dry through the evening, with rain possible later at night. If the skies are clear in your area, the moon's enhanced size and brightness level should be pretty obvious.

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