Supermoons occur because the moon orbits the Earth in the shape of an ellipse. When it reaches the apogee, the point closest to Earth, it appears larger and brighter than a normal full moon. According to EarthSky, the Super Worm Moon was 222,081 miles away from Earth, which is the second-closest distance of a full moon to Earth this year. It reached its peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EST. The moon also appeared full on Sunday and was visible until Tuesday. The photos of the moon rising and setting on Sunday like the ones below are just as stunning as when the moon reached peaked fullness on Monday.
To the naked eye, it can sometimes be difficult to see the difference between a full moon and a supermoon. But per the Farmer’s Almanac, a supermoon can appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than an average full moon. That’s why the Full Worm Moon looks so large and luminous in these photos.
WOW Check out this shot taken by Merlyn Guilderson of the Super Worm Moon in the Okanagan BC. Look up tonight if you missed the full moon at it's peak today. It'll still be a site! #BCStorm @GlobalBC pic.twitter.com/G8F3VrTGj4— Kasia Bodurka (@KasiaBodurka) March 10, 2020
Don’t want to miss out on the next supermoon? You’ll only have to wait about a month to see the next one in 2020. April’s Pink Full Moon will be the closest and largest supermoon of the year. The next and final supermoon of the year will occur in May.
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