March's full moon is a special one. Not only is it a slightly larger than the usual "supermoon," but it also will mark the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
The exact moment the “Super Worm Moon” turns full is Wednesday (March 20) at 9:43 p.m. EDT (0143 GMT on March 21), just 4 hours after the vernal equinox. That's when day and night on Earth are the same length, signaling the changing of the seasons.
The full moon will also happen just one day after it reaches its closest point to Earth in its elliptical or oval-shaped orbit, making it a supermoon since it appears a little larger than the typical full moon. (But at only 10 percent larger than usual, don't expect to see a big difference.)
Luckily for sky observers, the moon is very easy to spot – even if you are in an area with a lot of lights. It will be visible in the constellation Virgo. The moon will rise about 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday and remain visible through the night, setting around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (March 21), according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.
There's no need to use fancy equipment – the moon is visible with your bare eyes – but if you have binoculars or a telescope, you might be able to pick out some features on the surface. However, it's easier to spot craters and mountains when the moon is in partial shadow and shadows around these features are visible on the surface.
Super Worm Moon webcasts
If it's cloudy or too cold to go outside, you're also covered with virtual webcasts.
The Virtual Telescope Project will host the supermoon rising above the famous monuments of Rome starting on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT). The event is run in conjunction with the Dark Skies for All project of the International Astronomical Union, an initiative to promote awareness about light pollution and advocate for solutions to keep the sky dark for astronomy. The full broadcast will run at https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/
Slooh will also broadcast live coverage on Wednesday starting at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT). Slooh's resident storyteller, Helen Avery, will do a broadcast from Stonehenge — a famous World Heritage Site featuring stone pillars, and a traditional gathering spot for the equinox. Also on the show will be astrophotographer Mike Shaw, as well as Slooh hosts Paul Cox and Paige Godfrey.
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