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How to see the "Superworm Equinox Moon", the last Supermoon of 2019

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To By Denise Chow

Get ready to Skywatchers. The last Supermoon of the year 201

9 will be visible in the night sky on Wednesday, coinciding with the vernal equinox that marks the beginning of a new season.

The spectacle of March 20 will be the final of the three consecutive supermoon of this year. The first was on the 21st of January, and the second – the biggest and brightest Supermoon of 2019 – was on the 19th of February.

A supermoon is a full moon that has reached the Earth's Earth orbit in its monthly elliptical orbit. As a result, supersoons appear larger and brighter in the night sky, though these changes are usually too subtle to spot them.

Full moon can be observed with the naked eye and does not require any special equipment. But for Skywatchers, who are thwarted by clouds or bad weather, the Virtual Telescope Project, which has remotely controlled several telescopes in Italy, will broadcast the Skywatching event online. The show, which shows how the Supermoon climbs over Rome, starts at 12:45. ET (16:45 UTC) on Wednesday.

The Moon will arrive closest to Earth – the so-called Perigee of the Moon – on Tuesday at 15:47. ET, but the moon will be completely filled on Wednesday at 21:43. ET. The moon is usually about 240,000 miles from Earth, but at perigee this month, according to NASA, it will be in about 223,300 miles from our planet.

The equinox will arrive at 5:58 pm. ET on Wednesday, less than four hours before the full Supermoon. In the northern hemisphere, the equinox is the official beginning of spring, in the southern hemisphere it is the beginning of autumn.

The full moon in March is sometimes referred to as a "worm moon" because, according to folklore tradition, it occurs at a time when the frosty soil melts and earthworms appear.

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