The last supermoon of 2019 will appear in the sky Wednesday night, aligning with the vernal equinox marking the end of winter.
Wednesday's moon is the third supermoon of the year, after a super-bloody wolf moon on January 21st and a snow super-moon on February 19th. A super-moon, also known to astronomers as the Perigrenian Full Moon, occurs when a full moon reaches its closest point on the Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it look exceptionally bright and tall.
According to NASA, the moon had already reached its closest point to Earth – 223,300 miles from Earth, or about 16,700 miles closer than usual – around 3:45 pm. Tuesday, but it will not be complete until Wednesday at 21:43. EDT. The spring equinox will have occurred approximately four hours earlier. The moon will appear the largest and the brightest to the viewer just after sunset when she begins to rise. Those who are upset by the cloudy sky can watch the super-moon via a live stream of the virtual telescope project.
According to Earthsky.org, the full moon is no longer aligned with the spring equinox since 2000, and will not come within 24 hours after the equinox before 2030. Twice a year, on the equinoxes, the northern hemispheres and south receive equal amounts. from the sun, night and day have an almost equal length. The March Equinox marks the first official day of spring in the northern hemisphere and the end of summer in the southern hemisphere.
According to folk tradition, the full moon of March is known as the worm moon, as it coincides with the period during which the earth thaws and worms begin to emerge. Native Americans have dubbed the February moon full of the snow moon and the January moon the wolf moon supposedly because of howling wolves unable to find food in the middle of winter.