Look out for the Super Worm Moon

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The Worm Moon is the second of the supermoons to grace the sky this year, following the "Snow Moon" in early February, so-called as it often coincides with heavy snowfall.

The exact moment of the full moon is precisely 1:48 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 9, but it will appear full both Sunday and Monday nights when you go outside and look towards the sky.

When the Moon rises, the Sun will still be low on the west-southwest horizon before setting at about 5.55pm GMT. The moon will appear slightly larger than all others throughout the season, according to Accuweather.

The Old Farmer's Almanac refers to March's full moon as the "Worm Moon".

The strawberry moon denoted the strawberry harvest of the same month; the buck and sturgeon moons marked the appearance of these animals in the wild, and therefore the flawless time to hunt and harvest them. The moon names used today stem from Native American and Colonial-era sources.

NASA blog did a deeper dive on the "worm" moniker: "The tribes more to the south called this the Worm Moon after the earthworm casts that appear as the ground thaws".

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USA space agency NASA said: "The more northern tribes knew this as the Crow Moon when the cawing of crows signalled the end of winter".

In some European countries, the Worm Moon is known as the Lenten Moon.

Supermoons happen when the moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full.

In astronomy, perigee is the lowest point in an orbit and the apogee is the highest point.

Supermoons are brighter and bigger than the average full moon. There were hundreds of different tribes, all possibly with different names for different month's full moons, but some seem to have stuck.

Astronomers differ on what they believe constitutes a "supermoon" - however, the original definition as coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 puts it as a full moon or new moon that comes within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth.

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