The Worm Moon Is Coming

March's supermoon to be followed by two more in April and May
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2020 8:14 AM CST
We're About to Be Spoiled With Supermoons
The supermoon is coming.   (Getty Images)

The first of a consecutive trio of supermoons arrives Monday. The March supermoon—a full moon that nears the closest point to Earth in its oval-shaped orbit, appearing up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when at its farthest point—is dubbed the worm or sap moon. That's because this is the time of year that worms emerge from a thawed ground and sap begins to flow from sugar maples, per USA Today.

The last full moon of winter will reach peak fullness at 1:48pm EDT, meaning pre-dawn and after sunset will be the best viewing times, per PennLive. At roughly 222,081 miles from Earth, it will be the second-closest full moon of the year, and the closest of three to occur in succession. The next supermoon (221,851 miles) will peak on April 8, and a third (224,429 miles) on May 7.

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