'Worm moon': Third, last supermoon of 2019 lights up night sky

The super snow moon rises behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City

And if you miss it, the next "first-day-of-spring" worm supermoon won't be for another 19 years.

Space.com reports that for people on the U.S. East Coast, the moon will rise about 20 minutes before sunset, by 7 p.m. local time, and the moon will set the next morning at around 7:30 a.m.

On March 20, the Moon is almost 18,000 km closer to Earth than on May 18, thus it appears slightly bigger in the sky, and it is noticeably brighter.

When the moon is significantly closer to the Earth than average it's called a supermoon.

As the Moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

The term supermoon was first introduced by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and specifically refers to a brighter than usual full moon.

The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens Greece on Feb. 19 2019. Tuesday’s full moon or supermoon appears brighter and bigger than other full moons because it is close to its perigee which is the closest point in

When a full moon appears at perigee, the Moon looks brighter and larger than a regular moon, hence the nickname supermoon.

The full moon is also known as the worm moon: For millenniums, people across the world, including Native Americans in the eastern and central USA, named the months after nature's cues. Traditional and Native American names for each full moon of the year are derived by how they helped to track the seasons. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred".

Thursday's event also marks the March equinox, which is the precise moment the sun's rays shine directly on the equator.

It's also one of only two days each year that nearly every spot on Earth - except the poles - experiences a sunrise at due east and a sunset at due west. "The last time that this occurred so close to the point of the equinox was in the year 1905, in March over 100 years ago", he said, although he noted the term "supermoon" is a recent term.

According to "The Old Farmer's Almanac", this full moon is also called the "worm moon", or "sap moon" in the northern hemisphere because of the way the ground begins to soften, allowing earthworms to appear and inviting the return of robins and other spring birds.

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