Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Today’s Spring Equinox Heralds Warmer Months - And a Supermoon

Today’s Spring Equinox Heralds Warmer Months - And a Supermoon

Strangely enough, we're not going to have to wait another 114 years to see another Equinox Super Worm Moon!

Full moons can be observed with the naked eye and don't require any special equipment.

Supermoon is the term we apply when the Moon is full at its closest approach to Earth.

This full moon is called a worm moon because in cold climates the ground begins to thaw and earthworms appear.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare moon's glimmer, it's best to head away from the bright lights and smog of major cities to improve your view. That means the moon will appear larger than normal because of its close proximity to Earth.

The Northern Hemisphere has been gaining daylight rapidly in recent weeks, and in Baltimore, Monday was the first day of the year the sun spent more time above the horizon than below it.

The equinox would be at 3:28 am (IST) on March 21, less than four hours before the supermoon arrives.

The spring equinox, as its name might suggest, marks the arrival of spring, when flowers bloom and temperatures begin to warm.

The last time they fell on the same date was on 20 March 1981. The March equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator - the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's equator - from south to north and vice versa in September.

The word equinox can be attributed to the fact that the supermoon happens to fall on the same day as the spring equinox - hence why it's only a super worm equinox moon in the northern hemisphere.

During an equinox, the day and night are considered to be of equal duration.

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 northern hemisphere spring equinox - the mid-point between mid-winter and mid-summer - occurs on 19, 20 or 21 March and is also known as the vernal equinox.

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