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“Full worm supermoon’ set to shine: What you should know

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People from all over the world looked with awe in 2019 is only the total lunar eclipse that was a super blood moon because of the sheer size and reddish tone.

Skygazers set for a treat this week when the third and final supermoon of the year occurs.

The galactic event will follow in February ‘super snow moon’, and January is the beautiful ‘super blood moon’ eclipse.

The Moon will turn full at 9:43 p.m. ET on March 20, according to EarthSky. This year is the full moon takes place less than four hours after the March equinox, which marks the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

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March full moon was called the “full worm moon” by Native Americans because it occurs at a time of the year when the ground is soft, and earthworm casts (worm droppings) to start, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

File photo, A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the statue of liberty sitting on the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N. Y., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

This week’s celestial event is also a supermoon, which occurs when the Moon in its orbit brings it to the nearest point on the Earth, while the Moon is full. The Moon will reach that point on 19 March, when it will be 223,308 miles away.

“As a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to the Earth] it is a bit brighter and larger than a normal full moon and that is where we have a ‘supermoon’,” says NASA on its website, noting that the term was coined in 1979.

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The Moon, however, was closer to the Earth during the Jan. 21, 2019, and Feb. 19, 2019, supermoons, when it was, respectively, 222,043 and 221,681 km away. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is 238,855 miles, according to Space.com.

File photo of An Emirates Air Line cable car is silhouetted against the background of the ‘supermoon’ in Greenwich, London, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
(Yui Mok/PA via AP)

The Moon appears particularly large when it is close to the horizon due to an optical illusion known as “the moon illusion.”

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“This “Moon illusion” happens when the Moon close to the horizon and there are objects within our line of sight, such as trees or buildings,” explains NASA, in a blog post. “Because it’s relatively close objects are in front of the Moon, our brain is tricked into thinking that the Moon is much closer to the objects that in our line of sight. On the Moon rise or set, only appears larger than when it is directly overhead, because there are no objects in the vicinity with which to compare it.”

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