Super Worm Moon?

Now we all know that each full moon has a name, depending on where in the world you are, for example it could be a Harvest moon (Old English), Hunter’s moon (Native American – NA), or even Vap Poya (Buddhist)

Tonight there will be, not just a “Worm Moon” but a “Super Worm Moon” (NA) which you have to admit is much more interesting than “Lenten Moon” (OE). So why is it a Super Worm Moon?  To change from a normal moon to a super moon, it has to nip into a phone box (Tardis?) in space and put on its cape, close fitting lycra outfit and of course underpants on the outside of the outfit.

Okay – maybe not.

The term “Super Moon” was first used  by Richard Nolle, an Astrologer from Florida. He explained “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.  When this happens it can appear to be about 14% bigger than normal and 30% brighter than normal. To be considered “Super” the moon has to be about 226,000 miles away from the Earth, and because of it’s relatively close proximity, the celestial body’s surface appears to be a lot bigger.

This will be our 3rd Super Moon of the year so far.

If you want a to see it in all it’s glory then the moon technically reaches its ‘fullest’ state at 1.43am on the morning of March 21, just four hours after the March equinox; often taken to mark the beginning of spring, but remember if it’s cloudy we’ve no hope of seeing it.

 

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