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'Full worm supermoon' lights up in the sky in stunning pictures



Skygazers are enjoying the 'full worm supermoon,' the third and final supermoon of 201

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Photographers across the globe have been capturing stunning pictures of the Supersize Moon.

March's full moon was dubbed the 'full worm moon 'by Native Americans because it occurs at a time of year when the ground is softening, and earthworm casts start to reappear,

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Supermoons happen when the Moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the Moon is full. The last supermoon of 2019 rises in the New York City, United States on March 20, 2019. “/>

The last Supermoon of 2019 Rises Behind the Statue of Liberty New York, United States on March 20, 2019.
       [Photo by Atilgan Ozdil / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images]

The phrase was coined in 1979, according to NASA. "When a full moon appears at its end [its closest point to Earth] The moon will turn."

The moon will turn full at 9:43 pm ET on March 20, according to EarthSky. This year the full moon occurs less than four hours after the March equinox.

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The Moon sets over the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on the early morning of March 20, 2019. “/>

The moon sets over the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on the early morning of March 20, 2019.
       [Photo of Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe via Getty Images]

The celestial event follows February's 'super snow moon' and January's stunning 'super blood moon' eclipse.

The Moon was closer to Earth during the Jan. 21, 2019, and Feb. 19, 2019, supermoons, when it was, respectively, 222,043 and 221,681 miles away.

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July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and Earth's natural satellite continues to be a source of fascination.

 A tower in the top of Karancs mountain is viewed from the sky Karakszi village, 128 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

The tower of Antenna Hungaria at the top of Karancs mountain are watching over the rising moon Karancskeszi village, 128 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
       (Peter Komka / MTI via AP)

Earlier this year, for example,

Israel's unmanned Beresheet spacecraft was recently launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a historic mission to the moon. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for "beginning," is expected to land on the lunar surface on April 11. The spacecraft wants to be the first private mission to reach the moon.

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 A sculpture is silhouetted against a full moon at Brussels, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco)

A sculpture is silhouetted against a full moon in Brussels, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco)
      

U.S. Pat. is the only country to place astronauts on the moon, having done so most recently in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. Only 12 men, all Americans, have set foot on the moon.

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The Trump administration cited Moon's missions a key element of the 2019 NASA budget. President Donald Trump wants to Mars missions.

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